Allstate (NYSE: ALL) and Essent Group (NYSE:ESNT) are both mid-cap financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.
Volatility and Risk
Allstate has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essent Group has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Allstate pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Essent Group does not pay a dividend. Allstate pays out 20.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Allstate has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Allstate and Essent Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
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Allstate currently has a consensus price target of $94.50, indicating a potential downside of 7.45%. Essent Group has a consensus price target of $49.22, indicating a potential upside of 2.38%. Given Essent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Essent Group is more favorable than Allstate.
This table compares Allstate and Essent Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Institutional & Insider Ownership
76.4% of Allstate shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.8% of Essent Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Allstate shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 18.1% of Essent Group shares are held 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.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Allstate and Essent Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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Allstate has higher revenue and earnings than Essent Group. Allstate is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Essent Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Essent Group beats Allstate on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
Allstate Company Profile
The Allstate Corporation (Allstate) is a holding company for Allstate Insurance Company. The Company’s business is conducted principally through Allstate Insurance Company, Allstate Life Insurance Company and other subsidiaries. It is engaged in the property-liability insurance business and the life insurance, retirement and investment products business. Its segments include Allstate Protection, Allstate Financial, Discontinued Lines and Coverages, and Corporate and Other. The Allstate Protection segment sells private passenger auto, homeowners, and other property-liability insurance products through agencies and directly through contact centers and the Internet. The Allstate Financial segment sells life insurance and voluntary accident and health insurance products. The Corporate and Other segment consists of holding company activities and certain non-insurance operations. Its Discontinued Lines and Coverages segment includes results from property-liability insurance coverage.
Essent Group Company Profile
Essent Group Ltd. is a private mortgage insurance company. The Company is engaged in offering private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. Its products and services include mortgage insurance, contract underwriting, and Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance. The Company’s primary mortgage insurance is offered to customers on individual loans at the time of origination on a flow basis, but can also be written in bulk transactions. Its pool insurance provides additional credit enhancement for certain secondary market and other mortgage transactions. The primary mortgage insurance operations were conducted through Essent Guaranty, Inc. which is a mortgage insurer licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as of December 31, 2016. It offers primary mortgage insurance, pool insurance and master policy. It provides contract underwriting services through CUW Solutions, LLC.
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