Partnerre (NYSE: PRE) and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings (NYSE:BCRH) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Partnerre and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Partnerre 0 0 0 0 N/A
Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00

Institutional and Insider Ownership

40.4% of Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Partnerre and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Partnerre -14.76% -11.13% -2.58%
Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings 38.93% 8.84% 7.76%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Partnerre and Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Partnerre N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings $41.20 million 4.09 $16.03 million $1.83 10.52

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Partnerre.

Dividends

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 6.2%. Partnerre does not pay a dividend. Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings pays out 65.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings has raised its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Summary

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings beats Partnerre on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Partnerre

PartnerRe Ltd. is the holding company engaged in the international reinsurance and insurance business. The Company operates in three segments: Non-life, Life and Health, and Corporate and Other. The Non-life segment’s operations are classified as North America, Global (Non-U.S.) Property and Casualty (Global (Non-U.S.) P&C), Global Specialty and Catastrophe. The Company’s Life and Health segment includes the mortality, longevity and accident and health lines of business. The Corporate and Other segment is engaged in investment related activities. Risks reinsured by the Company include property, casualty, motor, agriculture, aviation/space, catastrophe, credit/surety, engineering, energy, marine, specialty property, specialty casualty, multiline and other lines, mortality, longevity, accident and health, and alternative risk products. The Company’s alternative risk products include weather and credit protection to financial, industrial and service companies.

About Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd. provides collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market and invests in various insurance-linked securities. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, including Blue Capital Re Ltd. (Blue Capital Re), which provides collateralized reinsurance, and Blue Capital Re ILS Ltd. (Blue Capital Re ILS), which conducts hedging and other investment activities. Blue Capital Re provides reinsurance to third-party insurance and reinsurance companies through reinsurance contracts, either directly with the cedant or on a fronted basis. Blue Capital Re ILS may purchase catastrophe bonds to access certain risks. Blue Capital Re or Blue Capital Re ILS may buy and sell industry loss warranties as a way to access certain risks. Blue Capital Re ILS’ portfolio may include over-the-counter or exchange-traded futures or options listed on catastrophe indexes, such as catastrophe or weather derivatives.

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