National General (NASDAQ:NGHC) versus Its Competitors Financial Review

National General (NASDAQ: NGHC) is one of 22 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare National General to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

45.8% of National General shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 62.2% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of National General shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.4% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for National General and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National General 0 1 3 0 2.75
National General Competitors 112 799 848 21 2.44

National General currently has a consensus price target of $27.00, indicating a potential upside of 27.72%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.76%. Given National General’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe National General is more favorable than its competitors.

Dividends

National General pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. National General pays out 16.5% 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 50.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares National General and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National General 2.62% 7.30% 1.44%
National General Competitors 6.14% 11.23% 2.56%

Risk & Volatility

National General has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National General’s competitors have a beta of 1.28, indicating that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares National General and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
National General $3.55 billion $172.21 million 21.79
National General Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 164.00

National General’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than National General. National General is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

National General competitors beat National General on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About National General

National General Holdings Corp. is a specialty personal lines insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, the Company provides a range of insurance products, including personal and commercial automobile, homeowners, umbrella, recreational vehicle, supplemental health, lender-placed and other niche products. It operates through two segments: Property and Casualty (P&C) and Accident and Health (A&H). Its P&C segment offers its P&C insurance products through a network of agents, a number of affinity partners and through direct-response marketing programs. Its A&H segment provides accident and non-major medical health insurance products targeting its existing P&C policyholders and the anticipated market of employed persons who are uninsured or underinsured. The P&C segment operates its business through three distribution channels: agency, affinity and direct. The A&H segment provides supplemental accident and health insurance products.

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