CNO Financial Group (NYSE: CNO) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare CNO Financial Group to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

95.4% of CNO Financial Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of CNO Financial Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares CNO Financial Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNO Financial Group 9.61% 5.74% 0.81%
CNO Financial Group Competitors 4.81% 2.24% 1.80%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for CNO Financial Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNO Financial Group 1 6 1 0 2.00
CNO Financial Group Competitors 349 1386 1900 81 2.46

CNO Financial Group currently has a consensus target price of $20.50, indicating a potential downside of 12.17%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 9.14%. Given CNO Financial Group’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe CNO Financial Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

CNO Financial Group has a beta of 1.21, indicating that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CNO Financial Group’s peers have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares CNO Financial Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CNO Financial Group $4.15 billion $935.40 million 10.19
CNO Financial Group Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 52.52

CNO Financial Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than CNO Financial Group. CNO Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Dividends

CNO Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. CNO Financial Group pays out 15.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CNO Financial Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

CNO Financial Group peers beat CNO Financial Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About CNO Financial Group

CNO Financial Group, Inc. is a holding company for a group of insurance companies operating throughout the United States that develops, markets and administers health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance and other insurance products. The Company’s segments include Bankers Life, Washington National and Colonial Penn. It sells health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance and other insurance products through three primary distribution channels: career agents, independent producers and direct marketing. The Company offers products in various categories, including health, annuities and life insurance. The health products include Medicare supplement, long-term care, prescription drug plan and Medicare advantage, supplemental health products and other health products. The annuities products include fixed index annuities and other fixed interest annuities. The life insurance products include interest-sensitive life products and traditional life products.

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