Endurance Specialty (NYSE: ENH) and Travelers Companies (NYSE:TRV) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, valuation and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.7% of Endurance Specialty shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.4% of Travelers Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.8% of Endurance Specialty shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.8% of Travelers Companies shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Endurance Specialty pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Travelers Companies pays an annual dividend of $2.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Endurance Specialty pays out 30.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Travelers Companies pays out 37.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Endurance Specialty has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Travelers Companies has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Travelers Companies is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Endurance Specialty and Travelers Companies, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Endurance Specialty 0 0 0 0 N/A
Travelers Companies 2 6 6 0 2.29

Travelers Companies has a consensus price target of $136.57, suggesting a potential downside of 4.03%. Given Travelers Companies’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Travelers Companies is more favorable than Endurance Specialty.


This table compares Endurance Specialty and Travelers Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Endurance Specialty 4.41% 1.29% 0.72%
Travelers Companies 7.13% 8.61% 1.98%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Endurance Specialty and Travelers Companies’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Endurance Specialty N/A N/A N/A $4.93 18.86
Travelers Companies $28.90 billion 1.34 $2.06 billion $7.78 18.29

Travelers Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Endurance Specialty. Travelers Companies is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Endurance Specialty, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Travelers Companies beats Endurance Specialty on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Endurance Specialty Company Profile

Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. is a holding company. The Company, through its operating subsidiaries in Bermuda, the United States and the United Kingdom, focuses on underwriting specialty lines of personal and commercial property, and casualty insurance and reinsurance. It operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. In the Insurance segment, it writes agriculture, casualty and other specialty, professional lines, and property, marine/energy and aviation insurance. In the Reinsurance segment, it writes catastrophe, property, casualty, professional lines and specialty reinsurance. Its Insurance and Reinsurance segments both include property-related coverages, which provide insurance or reinsurance of an insurable interest in tangible property for property loss, damage or loss of use. In addition, its Insurance and Reinsurance segments include various casualty insurance and reinsurance coverages, which are concerned with the losses caused by injuries to third parties.

Travelers Companies Company Profile

The Travelers Companies, Inc. is a holding company. The Company’s segments include Business and International Insurance; Bond & Specialty Insurance, and Personal Insurance. Through its subsidiaries, it provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services. The Business and International Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance and insurance related services to its clients, in the United States and in Canada, as well as in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil and throughout other parts of the world. The Bond & Specialty Insurance segment provides surety, fidelity, management liability, professional liability, and other property and casualty coverages and related risk management services to a range of primarily domestic customers, utilizing various degrees of financially-based underwriting approaches. The Personal Insurance segment writes a range of property and casualty insurance covering individuals’ personal risks.

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