Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) is one of 22 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Genworth Financial to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Genworth Financial and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Genworth Financial $8.37 billion -$277.00 million 4.70
Genworth Financial Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 163.15

Genworth Financial’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Genworth Financial. Genworth Financial 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.

Profitability

This table compares Genworth Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genworth Financial 3.88% 1.57% 0.22%
Genworth Financial Competitors 6.14% 11.23% 2.56%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.9% of Genworth Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Genworth Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Genworth Financial has a beta of 2.79, suggesting that its share price is 179% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genworth Financial’s competitors have a beta of 1.28, suggesting that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Genworth Financial and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genworth Financial 0 3 1 0 2.25
Genworth Financial Competitors 112 803 849 21 2.44

Genworth Financial presently has a consensus price target of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 16.02%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.30%. Given Genworth Financial’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Genworth Financial is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Genworth Financial competitors beat Genworth Financial on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial, Inc. (Genworth) is a financial security company. The Company provides insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had more than 15 million customers, with a presence in more than 25 countries. The Company operates in Insurance, Mortgage Insurance and Corporate and Runoff. The Mortgage Insurance Division includes the business segments, such as International Mortgage Insurance and U.S. Mortgage Insurance. The Corporate and Runoff Division includes the Runoff segment and Corporate and Other activities. In September 2013, Genworth Financial, Inc closed the sale of its Wealth Management business, including Genworth Financial Wealth Management and alternative solutions provider, the Altegris companies, to a partnership of Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital.

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