Aegon NV (NYSE: AEG) is one of 29 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Aegon NV to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Aegon NV and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Aegon NV $63.92 billion $3.21 billion 6.40
Aegon NV Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 53.97

Aegon NV has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Aegon NV 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

Aegon NV pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.3%. Aegon NV pays out 27.5% 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. Aegon NV is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

10.6% of Aegon NV shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.3% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Aegon NV and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aegon NV 0 5 0 0 2.00
Aegon NV Competitors 234 1122 1679 81 2.52

Aegon NV presently has a consensus price target of $4.80, indicating a potential downside of 17.53%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 6.35%. Given Aegon NV’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Aegon NV has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Risk and Volatility

Aegon NV has a beta of 1.35, indicating that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aegon NV’s peers have a beta of 1.29, indicating that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Aegon NV and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aegon NV 5.18% 6.73% 0.40%
Aegon NV Competitors 4.84% 0.77% 1.23%

Summary

Aegon NV peers beat Aegon NV on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Aegon NV Company Profile

Aegon N.V. (Aegon) is an international life insurance, pensions and asset management company. The Company’s segments include the Americas, which includes the United States, Mexico and Brazil; the Netherlands; the United Kingdom; Central & Eastern Europe; Spain & Portugal; Asia, and Aegon Asset Management. It offers protection against mortality, morbidity and longevity risks, including traditional and universal life. It offers products with mortality, morbidity, and longevity risks, including traditional and universal life; mortgages; annuity products, and banking products. It offers individual protection products, such as annuities, term insurance, income protection and international/offshore bonds. It has activities in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey. It offers life insurance marketed to high-net-worth individuals in Hong Kong and Singapore. It also offers investment products covering third-party customers, insurance-linked solutions.

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