Platinum Underwriters Holdings (NYSE: PTP) and Maiden Holdings (NASDAQ:MHLD) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Platinum Underwriters Holdings and Maiden Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Platinum Underwriters Holdings 24.85% 8.33% 3.89%
Maiden Holdings -0.61% -0.55% -0.09%

Dividends

Maiden Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.2%. Platinum Underwriters Holdings does not pay a dividend. Maiden Holdings pays out -120.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Platinum Underwriters Holdings and Maiden Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Platinum Underwriters Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A
Maiden Holdings 0 1 1 0 2.50

Maiden Holdings has a consensus target price of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 57.53%. Given Maiden Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Maiden Holdings is more favorable than Platinum Underwriters Holdings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Platinum Underwriters Holdings and Maiden Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Platinum Underwriters Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Maiden Holdings $2.91 billion 0.22 $28.76 million ($0.50) -14.60

Maiden Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Platinum Underwriters Holdings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

67.6% of Maiden Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Maiden Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Maiden Holdings beats Platinum Underwriters Holdings on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Platinum Underwriters Holdings Company Profile

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (Platinum Holdings) is a holding company. Through its reinsurance subsidiaries the Company provides property and marine, casualty and finite risk reinsurance coverage to a diverse clientele of insurers and select reinsurers on a worldwide basis. The Company operates through two licensed reinsurance subsidiaries: Platinum Underwriters Bermuda, Ltd. (Platinum Bermuda), a Bermuda reinsurance company, and Platinum Underwriters Reinsurance, Inc. (Platinum US), a United States reinsurance company. Platinum Bermuda is a wholly owned subsidiary of Platinum Holdings and Platinum US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Platinum Finance. The Company operates in three segments: Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk. The Property and Marine provides insurance coverage against loss of property. Casualty provides coverage for loss or damage to persons or property. The Finite Risk offers non-traditional reinsurance.

Maiden Holdings Company Profile

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (Maiden) is a holding company. The Company focuses on serving the needs of regional and specialty insurers in the United States, Europe and select other global markets by providing reinsurance solutions designed to support their capital needs. It operates through two segments: Diversified Reinsurance and AmTrust Reinsurance. The Diversified Reinsurance segment consists of a portfolio of property and casualty reinsurance business focusing on regional and specialty property, and casualty insurance companies located, primarily in the United States and Europe. AmTrust is a multinational specialty property and casualty insurance holding company with operations in the United States, Europe and Bermuda. The Company provides reinsurance through its subsidiaries, Maiden Reinsurance Ltd. and Maiden Reinsurance North America, Inc. Internationally, the Company provides insurance sales and distribution services through Maiden Global Holdings, Ltd. and its subsidiaries.

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