W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) is one of 92 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare W.R. Berkley Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.0% of W.R. Berkley Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.5% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 22.1% of W.R. Berkley Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

W.R. Berkley Corporation has a beta of 0.92, meaning that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, W.R. Berkley Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.95, meaning that their average share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
W.R. Berkley Corporation 7.09% 6.22% 1.37%
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors 9.60% 4.92% 2.63%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
W.R. Berkley Corporation $7.65 billion $601.91 million 16.29
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 111.38

W.R. Berkley Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than W.R. Berkley Corporation. W.R. Berkley Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

W.R. Berkley Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. W.R. Berkley Corporation pays out 13.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 35.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. W.R. Berkley Corporation has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for W.R. Berkley Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
W.R. Berkley Corporation 0 9 1 0 2.10
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors 621 2286 2172 44 2.32

W.R. Berkley Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $68.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.81%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 5.03%. Given W.R. Berkley Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe W.R. Berkley Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

W.R. Berkley Corporation rivals beat W.R. Berkley Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

W.R. Berkley Corporation Company Profile

W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company. It operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance-Global. The Insurance segment consists of its commercial insurance business operations, comprising excess and surplus lines, and admitted lines, throughout the United States, as well as its insurance business operations in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Its Insurance segment comprises business units, such as Acadia Insurance, American Mining Insurance Group, Berkley Accident and Health, Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, Berkley Aviation and Berkley Canada. Reinsurance consists of its reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa. Its Reinsurance segment comprises business units, such as Berkley Re America, Berkley Re Asia Pacific, Berkley Re Direct and Berkley Re UK.

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