Reviewing Argo Group International (AGII) and Fidelity National Financial (FNF)

Argo Group International (NASDAQ: AGII) and Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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79.6% of Argo Group International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.0% of Fidelity National Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Argo Group International shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.0% of Fidelity National Financial shares are held 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.

Profitability

This table compares Argo Group International and Fidelity National Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Argo Group International 2.84% -0.80% -0.17%
Fidelity National Financial 8.13% 11.71% 5.76%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Argo Group International and Fidelity National Financial’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Argo Group International $1.77 billion 1.10 $50.30 million ($0.42) -137.14
Fidelity National Financial $7.26 billion 1.44 $771.00 million $2.27 16.82

Fidelity National Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Argo Group International. Argo Group International is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fidelity National Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Argo Group International pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Fidelity National Financial pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Argo Group International pays out -257.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fidelity National Financial pays out 52.9% 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. Fidelity National Financial has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Fidelity National Financial is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

Argo Group International has a beta of 0.62, indicating that its stock price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fidelity National Financial has a beta of 0.83, indicating that its stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Argo Group International and Fidelity National Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Argo Group International 0 0 1 0 3.00
Fidelity National Financial 0 1 5 0 2.83

Argo Group International currently has a consensus price target of $62.00, indicating a potential upside of 7.64%. Fidelity National Financial has a consensus price target of $44.00, indicating a potential upside of 15.24%. Given Fidelity National Financial’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Fidelity National Financial is more favorable than Argo Group International.

Summary

Fidelity National Financial beats Argo Group International on 15 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Argo Group International Company Profile

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is an underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Excess and Surplus Lines segment carriers focus on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite. The Excess and Surplus Lines segment consists of two operating platforms: Colony Specialty and Argo Pro. Commercial Specialty segment provides property, casualty and surety coverages designed to meet the insurance needs of businesses within certain markets. International Specialty segment underwrites insurance and reinsurance risks. It operate as Argo Re, the Casualty and Professional Lines unit of Argo Insurance in Bermuda, and Argo Seguros Brazil, S.A. in Brazil. The Syndicate 1200 segment underwrites around the world property, specialty and non-United States liability insurance.

Fidelity National Financial Company Profile

Fidelity National Financial, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides title insurance, technology, and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries in the United States. The company operates in Title, and Corporate and Other segments. It offers title insurance, escrow, and other title related services, including collection and trust activities, trustee sales guarantees, recordings and conveyances, and home warranty insurance. The company also offers other title related services used in the production and management of mortgage loans. In addition, it engages in real estate brokerage business. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. was founded in 1847 and is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

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