Reviewing Blucora (BCOR) & Zurich Insurance Group (ZURVY)

Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Zurich Insurance Group (OTCMKTS:ZURVY) are both business services companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Blucora and Zurich Insurance Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Blucora 7.84% 13.11% 7.13%
Zurich Insurance Group N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Blucora and Zurich Insurance Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Blucora 0 0 4 0 3.00
Zurich Insurance Group 1 3 1 0 2.00

Blucora currently has a consensus target price of $33.31, indicating a potential downside of 9.37%. Given Blucora’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Blucora is more favorable than Zurich Insurance Group.

Dividends

Zurich Insurance Group pays an annual dividend of $1.47 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Blucora does not pay a dividend. Zurich Insurance Group pays out 73.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Blucora and Zurich Insurance Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Blucora $509.56 million 3.39 $27.03 million $1.22 30.12
Zurich Insurance Group $63.96 billion 0.74 $3.00 billion $1.99 15.82

Zurich Insurance Group has higher revenue and earnings than Blucora. Zurich Insurance Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blucora, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Blucora has a beta of -0.11, indicating that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zurich Insurance Group has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.2% of Blucora shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.3% of Zurich Insurance Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.9% of Blucora shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Blucora beats Zurich Insurance Group on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Blucora Company Profile

Blucora, Inc. provides technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small business owners, and tax professionals in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Wealth Management and Tax Preparation. The Wealth Management segment offers an integrated platform of brokerage, investment advisory, and insurance services to financial advisors. The Tax Preparation segment provides digital do-it-yourself tax preparation solutions for consumers and small business owners through TaxAct.com; and ancillary services, including refund payment transfer, audit defense, stored value cards, retirement investment accounts, tax preparation support services, data archive services, and e-filing services. This segment also offers professional tax preparer software. The company was formerly known as InfoSpace, Inc. and changed its name to Blucora, Inc. in June 2012. Blucora, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Irving, Texas.

Zurich Insurance Group Company Profile

Zurich Insurance Group AG, together with its subsidiaries, provides insurance products and related services in Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. The company operates through Property & Casualty Regions, Life Regions, Farmers, and Non-Core Businesses segments. It offers car, home, travel, general liability, life and critical illness, and other insurance products; and saving and investment, and pension and retirement planning products. The company also provides property, casualty, management or professional liability, trade credit, political risk, marine, automotive, and cyber risk insurance products; and international programs, risk engineering, claims, and captive services. In addition, it offers employee benefits and group risk solutions, corporate investment plans, multi-employer savings plans, pension plans, captive services, and pooling solutions, as well as international programs for employees. Further, the company provides non-claims administrative and management services to the farmers' exchanges; and reinsurance services. It serves individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, as well as multinational corporations. Zurich Insurance Group AG was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

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