Manulife Financial (NYSE:MFC) and Kansas City Life Insurance (OTCMKTS:KCLI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.9% of Manulife Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 63.1% of Kansas City Life Insurance shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Manulife Financial and Kansas City Life Insurance, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Manulife Financial 0 1 4 0 2.80
Kansas City Life Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Manulife Financial currently has a consensus price target of $28.50, suggesting a potential upside of 69.95%. Given Manulife Financial’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Manulife Financial is more favorable than Kansas City Life Insurance.

Risk and Volatility

Manulife Financial has a beta of 1.38, meaning that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kansas City Life Insurance has a beta of 0.33, meaning that its share price is 67% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Manulife Financial and Kansas City Life Insurance’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Manulife Financial $30.07 billion 1.09 $3.61 billion $2.11 7.95
Kansas City Life Insurance $461.03 million 0.68 $15.67 million N/A N/A

Manulife Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Kansas City Life Insurance.

Profitability

This table compares Manulife Financial and Kansas City Life Insurance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Manulife Financial 9.36% 13.27% 0.76%
Kansas City Life Insurance 3.89% 2.75% 0.40%

Dividends

Manulife Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Kansas City Life Insurance pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. Manulife Financial pays out 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Manulife Financial has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Manulife Financial is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Manulife Financial beats Kansas City Life Insurance on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Manulife Financial Company Profile

Manulife Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups, and institutions in Asia, Canada, and the United States. The company offers individual life, and individual and group long-term care insurance; and guaranteed and partially guaranteed annuity products through insurance agents, brokers, banks, financial planners, and direct marketing. It also provides mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, group retirement and savings products, and institutional asset management services through insurance agents and brokers affiliated with the company, securities brokerage firms, financial advisors, pension plan consultants, and banks; and banking products, such as deposit and credit products to Canadian customers. In addition, the company is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance businesses; and run-off reinsurance operations, including variable annuities, and accident and health. Further, it manages timberland and agricultural portfolios; and engages in insurance agency, portfolio and mutual fund management, mutual fund dealer, life and financial reinsurance, and mutual funds marketing businesses. Additionally, the company holds and manages oil and gas properties; holds oil and gas royalties, and foreign bonds and equities; provides investment management, counseling, advisory, and dealer services; and develops and operates hydro-electric power projects. Manulife Financial Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Kansas City Life Insurance Company Profile

Kansas City Life Insurance Company, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a life insurance company in the United States. It operates through three segments: Individual Insurance, Group Insurance, and Old American. The company offers term, return of premium, universal, indexed universal, variable universal, and whole life insurance products, as well as annuities. It also provides dental, vision, group disability, accident, and health insurance products, as well as distributes variable products. The company was founded in 1895 and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.

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