OLD Mut PLC/ADR (OTCMKTS: ODMTY) and Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Dividends

OLD Mut PLC/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Lincoln National pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Lincoln National pays out 16.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lincoln National has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for OLD Mut PLC/ADR and Lincoln National, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
OLD Mut PLC/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
Lincoln National 1 6 6 0 2.38

Lincoln National has a consensus target price of $81.69, suggesting a potential upside of 26.20%. Given Lincoln National’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lincoln National is more favorable than OLD Mut PLC/ADR.

Profitability

This table compares OLD Mut PLC/ADR and Lincoln National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OLD Mut PLC/ADR N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln National 13.90% 10.69% 0.63%

Risk and Volatility

OLD Mut PLC/ADR has a beta of 1.34, suggesting that its share price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln National has a beta of 1.95, suggesting that its share price is 95% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares OLD Mut PLC/ADR and Lincoln National’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
OLD Mut PLC/ADR $13.35 billion 1.01 $1.17 billion N/A N/A
Lincoln National $14.59 billion 0.97 $2.08 billion $7.79 8.31

Lincoln National has higher revenue and earnings than OLD Mut PLC/ADR.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.4% of Lincoln National shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Lincoln National shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Lincoln National beats OLD Mut PLC/ADR on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Lincoln National Company Profile

Lincoln National Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates multiple insurance and retirement businesses in the United States. It operates through four segments: Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Life Insurance, and Group Protection. The company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation, and retirement income products and solutions. The company's products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance (UL), variable universal life insurance (VUL), linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, and employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, as well as group life, disability, and dental products. It also provides various plan investment vehicles, including individual and group variable annuities, group fixed annuities, and mutual fund-based programs; single and survivorship versions of UL and VUL, including corporate-owned UL and VUL, and bank-owned UL and VUL insurance products; and group non-medical insurance products, such as term life, universal life, disability, dental, vision, accident, and critical illness insurance to the employer market place through various forms of contributory and non-contributory plans. The company distributes its products through consultants, brokers, planners, agents, financial advisors, third-party administrators, and other intermediaries. Lincoln National Corporation was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania.

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