Patriot National (NYSE: PN) and Brighthouse Financial (NYSE:BHF) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

13.3% of Patriot National shares are held by institutional investors. 59.9% of Patriot National shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Patriot National 0 2 0 0 2.00
Brighthouse Financial 1 8 1 0 2.00

Patriot National presently has a consensus target price of $7.75, indicating a potential upside of 409.87%. Brighthouse Financial has a consensus target price of $71.22, indicating a potential upside of 28.24%. Given Patriot National’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Patriot National is more favorable than Brighthouse Financial.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Patriot National $233.03 million 0.18 $31.71 million ($0.02) -76.00
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Patriot National has higher revenue and earnings than Brighthouse Financial.

Profitability

This table compares Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Patriot National -0.35% 7.15% 1.91%
Brighthouse Financial 12.15% 6.26% 0.44%

Summary

Patriot National beats Brighthouse Financial on 6 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

Patriot National Company Profile

Patriot National, Inc. is an independent national provider of technology-enabled outsourcing solutions that help insurance carriers, employers and other clients mitigate risk and comply with complex regulations. It offers a range of end-to-end insurance related and specialty services. The Company principally offers approximately two types of services: front-end services, such as brokerage, underwriting and policyholder services, and back-end services, such as claims adjudication and administration. It also offers specialty services, including technology outsourcing and other information technology (IT) services, as well as employment pre-screening and background checks. The Company’s brokerage and policyholder services include general agency services and specialty underwriting and policyholder services provided to its insurance carrier clients. The Company’s claims administration services relate to the administration and resolution of workers’ compensation claims.

Brighthouse Financial Company Profile

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

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