Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE: LNC) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Lincoln National Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lincoln National Corporation $13.86 billion $2.17 billion 10.68
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors $28.39 billion $2.33 billion 49.31

Lincoln National Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Lincoln National Corporation. Lincoln National Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lincoln National Corporation 10.85% 10.99% 0.64%
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 4.00% 1.18% 1.80%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

79.9% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Lincoln National Corporation has a beta of 1.98, meaning that its share price is 98% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln National Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Lincoln National Corporation and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lincoln National Corporation 0 5 4 0 2.44
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 348 1376 1887 80 2.46

Lincoln National Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $73.78, suggesting a potential upside of 5.99%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 10.95%. Given Lincoln National Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Lincoln National Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Dividends

Lincoln National Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Lincoln National Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Lincoln National Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Lincoln National Corporation competitors beat Lincoln National Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Lincoln National Corporation Company Profile

Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental.

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