Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) and BRIGHTHOUSE FIN (NASDAQ:BHF) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.3% of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) shares are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and BRIGHTHOUSE FIN’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) $18.55 billion 1.05 $1.28 billion $1.79 30.01
BRIGHTHOUSE FIN N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than BRIGHTHOUSE FIN.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and BRIGHTHOUSE FIN, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) 0 4 6 0 2.60
BRIGHTHOUSE FIN 1 8 0 0 1.89

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) currently has a consensus target price of $56.44, suggesting a potential upside of 5.09%. BRIGHTHOUSE FIN has a consensus target price of $67.44, suggesting a potential upside of 19.24%. Given BRIGHTHOUSE FIN’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BRIGHTHOUSE FIN is more favorable than Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The).

Profitability

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and BRIGHTHOUSE FIN’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) 3.73% 9.13% 0.71%
BRIGHTHOUSE FIN N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BRIGHTHOUSE FIN does not pay a dividend. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) pays out 51.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BRIGHTHOUSE FIN has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) beats BRIGHTHOUSE FIN on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) Company Profile

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is a holding company for insurance and financial services subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Commercial Lines, which provides workers’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages primarily throughout the United States; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages to individuals across the United States; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage, and other products and services; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes certain property and casualty operations; Mutual Funds, which provides investment management, administration, product distribution and related services to investors; Talcott Resolution, which consists of the run-off of the Company’s the United States individual and institutional annuity, and Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) businesses, and Corporate.

BRIGHTHOUSE FIN Company Profile

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

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