ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) and Berkshire Hathaway (NASDAQ:BRK-A) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

79.8% of ProAssurance Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 1.8% of ProAssurance Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

ProAssurance Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Berkshire Hathaway does not pay a dividend. ProAssurance Corporation pays out 44.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ProAssurance Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ProAssurance Corporation 0 4 0 0 2.00
Berkshire Hathaway 0 1 2 0 2.67

ProAssurance Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $58.33, suggesting a potential upside of 5.11%. Berkshire Hathaway has a consensus target price of $279,666.67, suggesting a potential downside of 0.81%. Given ProAssurance Corporation’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe ProAssurance Corporation is more favorable than Berkshire Hathaway.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares ProAssurance Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ProAssurance Corporation $890.60 million 3.33 $212.38 million $2.78 19.96
Berkshire Hathaway $232.80 billion 1.99 $43.46 billion N/A N/A

Berkshire Hathaway has higher revenue and earnings than ProAssurance Corporation.

Profitability

This table compares ProAssurance Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ProAssurance Corporation 16.80% 6.59% 2.50%
Berkshire Hathaway N/A N/A N/A

Summary

ProAssurance Corporation beats Berkshire Hathaway on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ProAssurance Corporation

ProAssurance Corporation (ProAssurance) is a holding company for property and casualty insurance companies. The Company provides professional liability insurance for healthcare professionals and facilities, professional liability insurance for attorneys, liability insurance for medical technology and life sciences risks, and workers’ compensation insurance. The Company operates through four segments. The Specialty property and casualty segment includes the Company’s professional liability business, and medical technology and life sciences business. The Workers’ compensation segment includes its workers’ compensation business. Lloyd’s Syndicate 1729 (Syndicate 1729) segment includes business of Syndicate 1729, which underwrites risks over a range of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance lines. The Corporate segment includes the Company’s investment operations managed at the corporate level and non-premium revenues generated outside of its insurance entities.

About Berkshire Hathaway

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. operates as a holding company. It provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, as well as life, accident, and health reinsurance; and operates railroad systems in North America. The company also generates, transmits, and distributes electricity primarily from solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydro sources; operates natural gas distribution and storage facilities, interstate pipelines, and compressor and meter stations; and holds interest in coal mining assets. In addition, it offers real estate brokerage services; invests in fixed-income and equity instruments; and engages in manufactured housing and finance business, leasing of transportation equipment, and furniture leasing activities. Further, the company manufactures boxed chocolates and other confectionery products; specialty chemicals, metal cutting tools, and other products; flooring, insulation, roofing and engineered, building and engineered components, paints and coatings, and bricks and masonry products; recreational vehicles, apparel products, jewelry, and custom picture framing products; and alkaline batteries. Additionally, it manufactures structural investment castings and forged components, machined airframe components, and engineered critical fasteners; airfoil castings; titanium and nickel superalloy melted and mill products; and seamless pipes, fittings, and forgings. The company distributes newspapers, televisions, and information; franchises and services quick service restaurants; distributes electronic components; and offers steel and logistics services, professional aviation training programs, and fractional aircraft ownership programs. In addition, it retails automobiles; furniture, bedding, and accessories; household appliances, electronics, and computers; jewelry, watches, crystal, china, stemware, flatware, gifts, and collectibles; kitchenware; and motorcycle accessories. The company was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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