Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Symetra Financial to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.7% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Symetra Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Symetra Financial pays out 32.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 31.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Symetra Financial has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Symetra Financial lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Symetra Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Symetra Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Symetra Financial Competitors 234 1150 1714 81 2.52

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.18%. Given Symetra Financial’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Symetra Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Symetra Financial N/A N/A 23.54
Symetra Financial Competitors $26.01 billion $1.31 billion -580.41

Symetra Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial. Symetra Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Symetra Financial 3.63% 2.50% 0.23%
Symetra Financial Competitors 5.52% 3.13% 0.90%

Summary

Symetra Financial peers beat Symetra Financial on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

About Symetra Financial

Symetra Financial Corporation is a financial services company in the life insurance industry. The Company’s products are distributed domestically in all states and the District of Columbia through benefits consultants, financial institutions, broker-dealers and independent agents and advisers. It has three divisions: Benefits Division, Retirement Division and Individual Life Division. The Company’s Benefits Division provides medical stop-loss insurance, group life and disability income (DI) insurance, and limited benefit medical insurance as its principal products. The Company’s Retirement Division provides products that help its customers prepare for retirement and includes the Deferred Annuities and Income Annuities segments. The Company’s Individual Life division sells life insurance products.

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