Assurant (NYSE: AIZ) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Assurant to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Assurant and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Assurant 1 0 1 0 2.00
Assurant Competitors 88 653 724 21 2.46

Assurant currently has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.51%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential upside of 3.34%. Given Assurant’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Assurant is more favorable than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Assurant shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.1% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Assurant shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Assurant and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Assurant $7.53 billion $565.35 million 23.41
Assurant Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 82.43

Assurant’s peers have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Assurant. Assurant 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

Assurant pays an annual dividend of $2.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Assurant pays out 50.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 49.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Assurant has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Assurant has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Assurant’s peers have a beta of 1.39, indicating that their average share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Assurant 3.67% 3.55% 0.48%
Assurant Competitors 5.66% 10.77% 2.45%

Summary

Assurant peers beat Assurant on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Assurant Company Profile

Assurant, Inc. is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business). Through its Global Lifestyle segment, it provides mobile device protection products and related services and extended service products and related services for consumer electronics and appliances (global connected living business); vehicle protection services, and credit insurance. The Global Preneed segment provides pre-funded funeral insurance and annuity products. Its Global Preneed Segment operates in the United States and Canada.

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