Montpelier Re Holdings (NYSE: MRH) and The Navigators Group (NASDAQ:NAVG) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

The Navigators Group pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Montpelier Re Holdings does not pay a dividend. The Navigators Group pays out 8.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Montpelier Re Holdings has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

73.1% of The Navigators Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.1% of The Navigators Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Montpelier Re Holdings and The Navigators Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Montpelier Re Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Navigators Group $1.24 billion 1.31 $135.66 million $2.83 19.54

The Navigators Group has higher revenue and earnings than Montpelier Re Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Montpelier Re Holdings and The Navigators Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Montpelier Re Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
The Navigators Group 0 5 0 0 2.00

The Navigators Group has a consensus target price of $56.75, suggesting a potential upside of 2.62%. Given The Navigators Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe The Navigators Group is more favorable than Montpelier Re Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares Montpelier Re Holdings and The Navigators Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Montpelier Re Holdings 35.71% 13.24% 6.70%
The Navigators Group 6.86% 6.53% 1.60%

Montpelier Re Holdings Company Profile

Montpelier RE Holdings Ltd. is a holding company. The Company provides customized insurance and reinsurance solutions to the global market. Through its affiliates in Bermuda, it provides institutional and retail investors with direct access to the global property reinsurance market. It operates in three segments: Montpelier Bermuda, which consists of the assets and operations of Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd., which is its wholly owned operating subsidiary based in Pembroke, Bermuda and is registered as a Bermuda Class four insurer; Montpelier at Lloyd’s, which consists of the assets and operations of Montpelier Syndicate 5151, Montpelier Capital Limited, Montpelier at Lloyd’s Limited, Montpelier Underwriting Services Limited and Montpelier Underwriting Inc., and Collateralized Reinsurance, which is marketed under the name Blue Capital. Blue Capital is an asset management platform offering property catastrophe reinsurance-linked investment products to institutional and retail investors.

The Navigators Group Company Profile

The Navigators Group, Inc. is an insurance holding company. The Company is an international insurance company focused on marine insurance. The Company’s segments include U.S. Insurance, International Insurance (Int’l Insurance), Global Reinsurance (GlobalRe) and Corporate. The Company’s Property and Casualty (P&C) insurance business primarily offers general liability coverage, and umbrella and excess liability coverage to commercial enterprises through its U.S. Insurance and Int’l Insurance segments. It also offers reinsurance products through its GlobalRe segment. It distributes its products through international, national and regional, retail and wholesale insurance brokers. The Company’s U.S. Insurance and Int’l Insurance segments consists of three segments, such as Marine, Property and Casualty (P&C) and Professional Liability. Its GlobalRe products include accident & health (A&H), marine, P&C and professional liability.

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