Contrasting Investors Title (ITIC) and Its Competitors

Investors Title (NASDAQ: ITIC) is one of 83 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Investors Title to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Title and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Title 13.22% 12.93% 8.87%
Investors Title Competitors 6.09% 1.52% 1.20%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Investors Title and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Title 0 0 0 0 N/A
Investors Title Competitors 619 2302 2208 50 2.33

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 7.99%. Given Investors Title’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Investors Title has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Investors Title and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Title $138.49 million $19.52 million 17.58
Investors Title Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 146.75

Investors Title’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Investors Title. Investors Title 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

41.9% of Investors Title shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.5% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.5% of Investors Title shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Investors Title has a beta of 0.81, suggesting that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investors Title’s peers have a beta of 0.90, suggesting that their average share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Investors Title pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Investors Title pays out 14.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 15.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Investors Title peers beat Investors Title on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

Investors Title Company Profile

Investors Title Company is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC), is engaged in issuance of residential and commercial title insurance, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC). The Company also provides tax-deferred real property exchange services through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Exchange Corporation (ITEC) and Investors Title Accommodation Corporation (ITAC); investment management and trust services to individuals, trusts and other entities through its subsidiary, Investors Trust Company (Investors Trust), and management services to title insurance agencies through its subsidiary, Investors Title Management Services (ITMS). In addition, the Company operates in the issuance of residential and commercial title insurance through ITIC and NITIC segment.

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