Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) is one of 25 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Symetra Financial to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Dividends

Symetra Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share. Symetra Financial pays out 32.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 31.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Symetra Financial has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Symetra Financial lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.8% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Symetra Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symetra Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Symetra Financial Competitors 236 1157 1726 82 2.52

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.15%.

Profitability

This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symetra Financial 3.63% 2.50% 0.23%
Symetra Financial Competitors 5.76% 3.41% 1.34%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Symetra Financial N/A N/A N/A
Symetra Financial Competitors $26.01 billion $1.31 billion -561.21

Symetra Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial. Symetra Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Symetra Financial peers beat Symetra Financial on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Symetra Financial Company Profile

Symetra Financial Corporation is a financial services company in the life insurance industry. The Company’s products are distributed domestically in all states and the District of Columbia through benefits consultants, financial institutions, broker-dealers and independent agents and advisers. It has three divisions: Benefits Division, Retirement Division and Individual Life Division. The Company’s Benefits Division provides medical stop-loss insurance, group life and disability income (DI) insurance, and limited benefit medical insurance as its principal products. The Company’s Retirement Division provides products that help its customers prepare for retirement and includes the Deferred Annuities and Income Annuities segments. The Company’s Individual Life division sells life insurance products.

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