Validus Holdings (VR) and Platinum Underwriters Holdings (PTP) Head-To-Head Survey

Validus Holdings (NYSE: VR) and Platinum Underwriters Holdings (NYSE:PTP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.


Validus Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Platinum Underwriters Holdings does not pay a dividend. Validus Holdings pays out 41.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Validus Holdings has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Validus Holdings and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Validus Holdings 0 3 2 0 2.40
Platinum Underwriters Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Validus Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $57.00, indicating a potential upside of 16.04%. Given Validus Holdings’ higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Validus Holdings is more favorable than Platinum Underwriters Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

93.5% of Validus Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of Validus Holdings shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Validus Holdings and Platinum Underwriters Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Validus Holdings 11.81% 7.75% 2.55%
Platinum Underwriters Holdings 24.85% 8.33% 3.89%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Validus Holdings and Platinum Underwriters Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Validus Holdings $2.48 billion 1.57 $538.06 million $3.63 13.53
Platinum Underwriters Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Validus Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than Platinum Underwriters Holdings.


Validus Holdings beats Platinum Underwriters Holdings on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Validus Holdings

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World and AlphaCat. Validus Re is a Bermuda-based reinsurance segment focused treaty reinsurance. Validus Re concentrates on first-party property and other reinsurance risks. Talbot is a specialty insurance segment operating within the Lloyd’s insurance market through Syndicate 1183. The Talbot segment is focused on a range of marine and energy, political lines, commercial property, financial lines, contingency, accident and health and aviation classes of business. Western World is a specialty excess and surplus lines insurance segment operating within the United States commercial market. AlphaCat is a Bermuda-based investment advisor, managing capital from third parties and the Company in insurance linked securities and other investments in the property catastrophe reinsurance space.

About Platinum Underwriters Holdings

Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. (Platinum Holdings) is a holding company. Through its reinsurance subsidiaries the Company provides property and marine, casualty and finite risk reinsurance coverage to a diverse clientele of insurers and select reinsurers on a worldwide basis. The Company operates through two licensed reinsurance subsidiaries: Platinum Underwriters Bermuda, Ltd. (Platinum Bermuda), a Bermuda reinsurance company, and Platinum Underwriters Reinsurance, Inc. (Platinum US), a United States reinsurance company. Platinum Bermuda is a wholly owned subsidiary of Platinum Holdings and Platinum US is a wholly owned subsidiary of Platinum Finance. The Company operates in three segments: Property and Marine, Casualty and Finite Risk. The Property and Marine provides insurance coverage against loss of property. Casualty provides coverage for loss or damage to persons or property. The Finite Risk offers non-traditional reinsurance.

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