Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Genworth Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Risk & Volatility

Genworth Financial has a beta of 2.8, indicating that its stock price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genworth Financial’s peers have a beta of 1.39, indicating that their average stock price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Genworth Financial and its peers’ 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 5.66% 10.77% 2.45%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

68.1% of Genworth Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Genworth Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Genworth Financial and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genworth Financial 0 3 1 0 2.25
Genworth Financial Competitors 88 653 724 21 2.46

Genworth Financial currently has a consensus target price of $3.88, indicating a potential upside of 12.32%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential upside of 4.20%. Given Genworth Financial’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Genworth Financial is more favorable than its peers.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Genworth Financial $8.37 billion -$277.00 million 5.15
Genworth Financial Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 82.43

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

Summary

Genworth Financial peers 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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