XL Group (NYSE: XL) and Donegal Group (NASDAQ:DGICA) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares XL Group and Donegal Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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XL Group has higher revenue and earnings than Donegal Group. XL Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Donegal Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
99.0% of XL Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.3% of Donegal Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of XL Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of Donegal Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
XL Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Donegal Group pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. XL Group pays out -71.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Donegal Group pays out 98.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Donegal Group has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years. Donegal Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for XL Group and Donegal Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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XL Group presently has a consensus price target of $44.45, suggesting a potential upside of 25.83%. Donegal Group has a consensus price target of $19.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.30%. Given XL Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe XL Group is more favorable than Donegal Group.
This table compares XL Group and Donegal Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Volatility & Risk
XL Group has a beta of 1, indicating that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, Donegal Group has a beta of 0.3, indicating that its share price is 70% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Donegal Group beats XL Group on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
XL Group Company Profile
XL Group plc is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company’s Insurance segment is organized into four product divisions: Global Casualty (Casualty); Global Energy Property, & Construction (EPC); Global Professional (Professional), and Global Specialty (Specialty). Its insurance operations provide insurance policies for corporate risks that may require large limits, use of a captive insurance company and the need for a program of locally issued policies. The Reinsurance segment provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines on a global basis with business being written on both a proportional and non-proportional treaty basis, and also on a facultative basis.
Donegal Group Company Profile
Donegal Group Inc. (DGI) is an insurance holding company whose insurance subsidiaries offer personal and commercial lines of property and casualty insurance. The Company offered its insurance business to various businesses and individuals in 21 Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England and Southern states, as of December 31, 2016. It has four segments: investment function, personal lines of insurance, commercial lines of insurance and investment in Donegal Financial Services Corporation (DFSC). Its insurance operations include two segments: personal lines of insurance and commercial lines of insurance. The personal lines of insurance, which its insurance subsidiaries write consists of private passenger automobile and homeowners insurance. The commercial lines of insurance, which its insurance subsidiaries write consists of commercial automobile, commercial multi-peril and workers’ compensation insurance. It holds interests in DFSC, which is a unitary savings and loan holding company.
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