W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) and Montpelier Re Holdings (NYSE:MRH) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, valuation, risk and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and Montpelier Re Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
W.R. Berkley Corporation $7.71 billion 1.06 $1.15 billion $4.73 14.27
Montpelier Re Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

W.R. Berkley Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Montpelier Re Holdings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for W.R. Berkley Corporation and Montpelier Re Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
W.R. Berkley Corporation 1 6 1 0 2.00
Montpelier Re Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

W.R. Berkley Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $61.80, suggesting a potential downside of 8.43%. Given W.R. Berkley Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe W.R. Berkley Corporation is more favorable than Montpelier Re Holdings.

Profitability

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and Montpelier Re Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
W.R. Berkley Corporation 7.86% 7.58% 1.66%
Montpelier Re Holdings 35.71% 13.24% 6.70%

Dividends

W.R. Berkley Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Montpelier Re Holdings does not pay a dividend. W.R. Berkley Corporation pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. W.R. Berkley Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Montpelier Re Holdings has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

71.2% of W.R. Berkley Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 22.1% of W.R. Berkley Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

W.R. Berkley Corporation beats Montpelier Re Holdings on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

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.

Montpelier Re Holdings Company Profile

Montpelier RE Holdings Ltd. is a holding company. The Company provides customized insurance and reinsurance solutions to the global market. Through its affiliates in Bermuda, it provides institutional and retail investors with direct access to the global property reinsurance market. It operates in three segments: Montpelier Bermuda, which consists of the assets and operations of Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd., which is its wholly owned operating subsidiary based in Pembroke, Bermuda and is registered as a Bermuda Class four insurer; Montpelier at Lloyd’s, which consists of the assets and operations of Montpelier Syndicate 5151, Montpelier Capital Limited, Montpelier at Lloyd’s Limited, Montpelier Underwriting Services Limited and Montpelier Underwriting Inc., and Collateralized Reinsurance, which is marketed under the name Blue Capital. Blue Capital is an asset management platform offering property catastrophe reinsurance-linked investment products to institutional and retail investors.

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