Comparing RenaissanceRe Holdings (RNR) & Validus Holdings (VR)
RenaissanceRe Holdings (NYSE: RNR) and Validus Holdings (NYSE:VR) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and dividends.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
91.8% of RenaissanceRe Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.8% of Validus Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of RenaissanceRe Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Validus Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares RenaissanceRe Holdings and Validus Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|RenaissanceRe Holdings||$1.77 billion||3.13||$710.24 million||$11.74||11.73|
|Validus Holdings||$2.48 billion||1.60||$538.06 million||$3.63||13.74|
RenaissanceRe Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Validus Holdings. RenaissanceRe Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Validus Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for RenaissanceRe Holdings and Validus Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
RenaissanceRe Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $140.83, indicating a potential upside of 2.23%. Validus Holdings has a consensus price target of $58.25, indicating a potential upside of 16.76%. Given Validus Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Validus Holdings is more favorable than RenaissanceRe Holdings.
Volatility & Risk
RenaissanceRe Holdings has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Validus Holdings has a beta of 0.66, meaning that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares RenaissanceRe Holdings and Validus Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
RenaissanceRe Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.9%. Validus Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. RenaissanceRe Holdings pays out 10.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Validus Holdings pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. RenaissanceRe Holdings has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years and Validus Holdings has increased its dividend for 12 consecutive years. Validus Holdings is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
About RenaissanceRe Holdings
RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd. provides reinsurance and insurance coverages and related services to a range of customers. The Company’s products include property, casualty and specialty reinsurance and certain insurance products principally distributed through intermediaries. Its segments include Property; Casualty and Specialty, and Other category. The Property segment consisted of catastrophe and other property reinsurance and insurance written on behalf of its operating subsidiaries and certain joint ventures managed by its ventures unit. The Casualty and Specialty segment consisted of casualty and specialty reinsurance and insurance written on behalf of its operating subsidiaries and certain joint ventures managed by its ventures unit. Its Other category includes its strategic investments, investments unit, corporate expenses, capital servicing. The Casualty and Specialty segment offers certain casualty insurance products through RenaissanceRe Syndicate 1458 (Syndicate 1458).
About Validus Holdings
Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183. The Talbot segment is focused on a range of marine and energy, political lines, commercial property, financial lines, contingency, accident and health and aviation classes of business. Western World is a specialty excess and surplus lines insurance segment operating within the United States commercial market. AlphaCat is a Bermuda-based investment advisor, managing capital from third parties and the Company in insurance linked securities and other investments in the property catastrophe reinsurance space.
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