Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI) and Berkshire Hathaway (NASDAQ:BRK-A) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Old Republic International Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Old Republic International Corporation 7.64% 9.41% 2.26%
Berkshire Hathaway N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Old Republic International Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Old Republic International Corporation $5.99 billion 0.87 $758.60 million $1.59 12.47
Berkshire Hathaway $232.80 billion 1.97 $43.46 billion N/A N/A

Berkshire Hathaway has higher revenue and earnings than Old Republic International Corporation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Old Republic International Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Old Republic International Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Berkshire Hathaway 0 1 2 0 2.67

Berkshire Hathaway has a consensus target price of $279,666.67, suggesting a potential upside of 0.35%. Given Berkshire Hathaway’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Berkshire Hathaway is more favorable than Old Republic International Corporation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.2% of Old Republic International Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Old Republic International Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Old Republic International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Berkshire Hathaway does not pay a dividend. Old Republic International Corporation pays out 47.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Berkshire Hathaway has raised its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Summary

Berkshire Hathaway beats Old Republic International Corporation on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Old Republic International Corporation Company Profile

Old Republic International Corporation is a holding company. The Company is engaged in business of insurance underwriting and related services. The Company conducts its operations through various regulated insurance company subsidiaries, which are organized into three segments: General Insurance Group, Title Insurance Group and the Republic Financial Indemnity Group (RFIG) Run-off Business. The Company’s General Insurance segment consists of property and liability insurance, and offers coverages to businesses, government and other institutions. The Company’s Title Insurance Group business consists of the issuance of policies to real estate purchasers and investors based upon searches of the public records, which contain information concerning interests in real property. The Company’s RFIG run-off business consists of its mortgage guaranty and consumer credit indemnity (CCI) operations.

Berkshire Hathaway Company Profile

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. operates as a holding company. It provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, as well as life, accident, and health reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, and distributes electricity primarily from solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydro sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; invests in fixed-income and equity instruments; and engages in manufactured housing and finance business, leasing of transportation equipment, and furniture leasing activities. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and other products; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paints and coatings, and bricks and masonry products; recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products; and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures structural investment castings and forged components, machined airframe components, and engineered critical fasteners; airfoil castings; titanium and nickel superalloy melted and mill products; and seamless pipes, fittings, and forgings. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers steel and logistics services, professional aviation training programs, and fractional aircraft ownership programs. In addition, it retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchenware; and motorcycle accessories. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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