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 companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

90.5% of Assurant shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.8% of Assurant shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned 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.

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Assurant $7.53 billion $565.35 million 23.87
Assurant Competitors $11.95 billion $575.69 million 172.16

Assurant’s peers have higher revenue and 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 $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Assurant pays out 53.6% 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 50.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Assurant has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Assurant and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Assurant 1 0 1 0 2.00
Assurant Competitors 112 796 846 21 2.44

Assurant currently has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 15.27%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 4.17%. Given Assurant’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Assurant is more favorable than its peers.

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 6.32% 10.31% 2.36%

Risk and Volatility

Assurant has a beta of 0.78, meaning that its share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Assurant’s peers have a beta of 1.29, meaning that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Assurant peers beat Assurant on 11 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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