Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Lincoln National Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lincoln National Corporation $13.86 billion $2.17 billion 11.27
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 52.52

Lincoln National Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Lincoln National Corporation. Lincoln National Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lincoln National Corporation 10.85% 10.99% 0.64%
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 4.81% 2.24% 1.80%

Risk and Volatility

Lincoln National Corporation has a beta of 1.98, suggesting that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln National Corporation’s peers have a beta of 1.28, suggesting that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Lincoln National Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Lincoln National Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Lincoln National Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Lincoln National Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lincoln National Corporation 0 5 4 0 2.44
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 349 1386 1900 81 2.46

Lincoln National Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $73.78, suggesting a potential upside of 0.41%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 9.17%. Given Lincoln National Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lincoln National Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

79.9% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Lincoln National Corporation peers beat Lincoln National Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Lincoln National Corporation

Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental.

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