Contrasting Aspen Insurance (AHL) and The Competition

Aspen Insurance (NYSE: AHL) is one of 73 publicly-traded companies in the “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Aspen Insurance to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares Aspen Insurance and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Aspen Insurance -13.72% -11.81% -2.87%
Aspen Insurance Competitors 2.76% -0.01% -0.40%

Risk and Volatility

Aspen Insurance has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its share price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Aspen Insurance’s competitors have a beta of 0.76, indicating that their average share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.7% of Aspen Insurance shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.9% of shares of all “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Aspen Insurance shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.9% of shares of all “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Aspen Insurance pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Aspen Insurance pays out -14.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.5% and pay out 84.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Aspen Insurance has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Aspen Insurance is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Aspen Insurance and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Aspen Insurance 0 2 1 0 2.33
Aspen Insurance Competitors 500 1975 1885 96 2.35

Aspen Insurance presently has a consensus target price of $42.67, suggesting a potential downside of 0.78%. As a group, “Fire, marine, & casualty insurance” companies have a potential upside of 13.27%. Given Aspen Insurance’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Aspen Insurance has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Aspen Insurance and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Aspen Insurance $2.52 billion -$267.70 million -6.53
Aspen Insurance Competitors $12.77 billion $1.43 billion 21.50

Aspen Insurance’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Aspen Insurance. Aspen Insurance is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Aspen Insurance competitors beat Aspen Insurance on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Aspen Insurance

Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in insurance and reinsurance businesses in the United States and internationally. The company's Aspen Insurance segment offers property and casualty insurance products, including U.S. and U.K. commercial property, commercial liability, U.S. primary casualty, excess casualty, environmental liability, and railroad liability products; and marine, aviation, and energy insurance products, such as marine and energy liability, onshore and offshore energy physical damage, marine hull, specie, inland and ocean marine, and aviation insurance products. This segment also provides financial and professional lines insurance products comprising financial and corporate risks, professional liability, management liability, credit and political risks, crisis management, accident and health, surety risks, and technology liability insurance products. The company's Aspen Reinsurance segment offers property catastrophe reinsurance products; other property reinsurance products; casualty reinsurance products, including U.S. treaty, international treaty, and casualty facultative reinsurance products; and specialty reinsurance products comprising credit and surety, agriculture, marine, aviation, terrorism, engineering, cyber, and other specialty lines. Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited distributes its products primarily through brokers and reinsurance intermediaries. The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

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