Blue Capital Reinsurance (NYSE:BCRH) and ICC (NASDAQ:ICCH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Blue Capital Reinsurance and ICC, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blue Capital Reinsurance 0 1 0 0 2.00
ICC 0 0 0 0 N/A

Blue Capital Reinsurance currently has a consensus price target of $11.00, indicating a potential upside of 58.27%. Given Blue Capital Reinsurance’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Blue Capital Reinsurance is more favorable than ICC.

Risk and Volatility

Blue Capital Reinsurance has a beta of 0.68, meaning that its share price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ICC has a beta of 0.24, meaning that its share price is 76% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Blue Capital Reinsurance pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.6%. ICC does not pay a dividend. Blue Capital Reinsurance pays out -18.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.4% of Blue Capital Reinsurance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 10.9% of ICC shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Blue Capital Reinsurance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 22.5% of ICC shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Blue Capital Reinsurance and ICC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blue Capital Reinsurance -80.06% -25.86% -17.13%
ICC 1.42% 1.25% 0.49%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Blue Capital Reinsurance and ICC’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blue Capital Reinsurance $35.40 million 1.72 -$28.60 million ($3.27) -2.13
ICC $51.16 million 0.91 $890,000.00 N/A N/A

ICC has higher revenue and earnings than Blue Capital Reinsurance.

Summary

ICC beats Blue Capital Reinsurance on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Blue Capital Reinsurance

Blue Capital Reinsurance Holdings Ltd., through its subsidiaries, provides collateralized reinsurance in the property catastrophe market in the United States and internationally. It also invests in various insurance-linked securities. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.

About ICC

ICC Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Illinois Casualty Company, provides property and casualty insurance products to the food and beverage industry in the United States. The company offers commercial multi-peril, liquor liability, workers' compensation, and umbrella liability insurance products. It also rents real estate properties. The company markets its products through a network of 160 independent agents in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. ICC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois.

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