Selective Insurance Group (NASDAQ: SIGI) is one of 92 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Selective Insurance Group to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Selective Insurance Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Selective Insurance Group 0 4 0 0 2.00
Selective Insurance Group Competitors 623 2289 2181 45 2.32

Selective Insurance Group presently has a consensus price target of $49.91, suggesting a potential downside of 14.75%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 5.03%. Given Selective Insurance Group’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Selective Insurance Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

77.7% of Selective Insurance Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of Selective Insurance Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Selective Insurance Group has a beta of 1.46, indicating that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Selective Insurance Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.96, indicating that their average share price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Selective Insurance Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Selective Insurance Group 7.36% 11.00% 2.37%
Selective Insurance Group Competitors 9.50% 4.82% 2.59%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Selective Insurance Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Selective Insurance Group $2.28 billion $158.49 million 19.45
Selective Insurance Group Competitors $11.30 billion $1.14 billion 83.21

Selective Insurance Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Selective Insurance Group. Selective Insurance Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

Selective Insurance Group pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Selective Insurance Group pays out 21.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 29.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Selective Insurance Group competitors beat Selective Insurance Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Selective Insurance Group

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 10 insurance subsidiaries, nine of which were licensed by various state departments of insurance to write specific lines of property and casualty insurance business. The remaining subsidiary is authorized by various state insurance departments to write property and casualty insurance in the excess and surplus lines (E&S) market. Its segments include Standard Commercial Lines, which consists of insurance products and services provided in the standard marketplace; Standard Personal Lines, which consists of insurance products and services, including flood insurance coverage that it writes through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); E&S Lines, which consists of insurance products and services provided to customers not obtaining coverage in the standard marketplace, and investment segment invests insurance premiums, as well as amounts generated through its capital management strategies.

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