Analyzing American National Insurance (ANAT) and Prudential Public (PUK)

American National Insurance (NASDAQ: ANAT) and Prudential Public (NYSE:PUK) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares American National Insurance and Prudential Public’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
American National Insurance $3.41 billion 0.95 $493.65 million N/A N/A
Prudential Public $111.53 billion 0.54 $4.25 billion $3.74 12.41

Prudential Public has higher revenue and earnings than American National Insurance.

Risk & Volatility

American National Insurance has a beta of 1.15, meaning that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Prudential Public has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.9% of American National Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 1.6% of Prudential Public shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of American National Insurance shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

American National Insurance pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Prudential Public pays an annual dividend of $1.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Prudential Public pays out 46.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares American National Insurance and Prudential Public’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
American National Insurance 13.76% 3.76% 0.73%
Prudential Public N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for American National Insurance and Prudential Public, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
American National Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A
Prudential Public 1 1 0 0 1.50

Summary

American National Insurance beats Prudential Public on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About American National Insurance

American National Insurance Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides various insurance products and services in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The company's Life segment offers whole life, term life, universal life, variable universal life, and credit life insurance products. Its Annuity segment provides deferred, variable, and single premium immediate annuity products. The company's Health segment offers medicare supplement, supplemental, stop-loss, credit disability, and medical expense insurance. Its Property and Casualty segment provides personal lines insurance, such as auto, homeowners, boats, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and other exposures; and commercial lines of insurance, including property and casualty coverage tailored for a farm, ranch, or other agricultural business within the rural and suburban markets, as well as property, liability, and workers' compensation coverages. This segment also offers credit-related property insurance products comprising collateral or creditor protection insurance; guaranteed auto protection or guaranteed asset protection insurance; and mortgage security insurance. The company distributes its products through career and multiple-line agents, broker-dealers, independent insurance agents and brokers, managing general underwriters, and financial institutions, as well as through direct marketing channels. American National Insurance Company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Galveston, Texas.

About Prudential Public

Prudential plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of retail financial products and services, and asset management services in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Africa. The company offers health and protection, as well as other life insurance products, including participating business and mutual funds; and personal lines property and casualty insurance, group insurance, and institutional fund management services. It also provides fixed annuities, such as fixed interest rate, and fixed index and immediate annuities; variable annuities; and institutional products comprising guaranteed investment contracts and funding agreements. In addition, the company offers savings and investment solutions; and unit-linked and collective investments, as well as corporate pension services that include auto-enrolment services. Further, it provides long-term products, which comprise pension products and annuities; investment bonds; with-profits savings and protection products; level, fixed increase, and RPI annuities; onshore and offshore bonds; and pension and flexi-income drawdown products, including corporate, individual pension, and flexi-access drawdown products. The company offers its products and services through an agency sales force together with various banks, brokers, local partners, independent insurance agents, independent broker-dealers, regional broker-dealers, warehouses, credit unions, and other financial institutions. Prudential plc was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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