Triple-S Management (GTS) vs. Aflac (AFL) Financial Analysis

Triple-S Management (NYSE: GTS) and Aflac (NYSE:AFL) are both medical companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends and profitability.

Dividends

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Aflac pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Triple-S Management does not pay a dividend. Aflac pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Aflac has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Triple-S Management and Aflac’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Triple-S Management 1.87% 5.10% 1.66%
Aflac 20.18% 12.29% 2.00%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Triple-S Management and Aflac’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Triple-S Management $2.92 billion 0.23 $54.48 million $1.89 15.29
Aflac $21.67 billion 1.63 $4.60 billion $3.40 13.32

Aflac has higher revenue and earnings than Triple-S Management. Aflac is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Triple-S Management, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Triple-S Management and Aflac, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Triple-S Management 0 1 0 0 2.00
Aflac 1 9 2 2 2.36

Triple-S Management presently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential downside of 30.77%. Aflac has a consensus target price of $45.63, indicating a potential upside of 0.76%. Given Aflac’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Aflac is more favorable than Triple-S Management.

Risk & Volatility

Triple-S Management has a beta of 0.25, suggesting that its share price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aflac has a beta of 0.95, suggesting that its share price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

86.9% of Triple-S Management shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 34.7% of Aflac shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Triple-S Management shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Aflac shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Aflac beats Triple-S Management on 15 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Triple-S Management

Triple-S Management Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a portfolio of managed care and related products in the commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid markets in Puerto Rico, the United States. The company operates through three segments: Managed Care, Life Insurance, and Property and Casualty Insurance. It offers various managed care products, including health maintenance organization plans; preferred provider organization plans; BlueCard program; Medicare Supplement products; Medicare Advantage products; Medicaid plans; and claims processing and other administrative services. The company provides its managed care products to employers, professional and trade associations, individuals, and government entities. It also offers various life, accident, disability, and health and annuity insurance products primarily to individuals; and property and casualty insurance products, which include commercial multi-peril package, auto physical damage, personal package, commercial auto, hospital malpractice, commercial liability, and commercial property products to small and medium size accounts. The company markets and distributes its products through a network of internal sales force, direct mail, independent brokers and agents, telemarketing staff, traditional media, and digital media, as well as e-commerce. Triple-S Management Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

About Aflac

Aflac Incorporated, through its subsidiary, American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus, provides voluntary supplemental health and life insurance products. It operates through two segments, Aflac Japan and Aflac U.S. The Aflac Japan segment offers voluntary supplemental insurance products, including cancer plans, general medical indemnity plans, medical/sickness riders, care plans, living benefit life plans, ordinary life insurance plans, and annuities in Japan. The Aflac U.S. segment provides products designed to protect individuals from depletion of assets comprising accident, cancer, critical illness/care, hospital indemnity, fixed-benefit dental, and vision care plans; and loss-of-income products, such as life and short-term disability plans in the United States. The company sells its products through sales associates and brokers, independent corporate agencies, individual agencies, and affiliated corporate agencies. Aflac Incorporated was founded in 1955 and is headquartered in Columbus, Georgia.

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