Contrasting Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and Conifer Holdings (CNFR)

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) and Conifer Holdings (NASDAQ:CNFR) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, institutional ownership, valuation, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Conifer Holdings’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Berkshire Hathaway N/A N/A N/A $13,713.00 N/A
Conifer Holdings $98.46 million 0.53 -$6.90 million ($1.08) -6.35

Berkshire Hathaway has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Conifer Holdings. Conifer Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Berkshire Hathaway, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Berkshire Hathaway and Conifer Holdings, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Berkshire Hathaway 0 3 1 0 2.25
Conifer Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

Berkshire Hathaway currently has a consensus target price of $137,583.00, indicating a potential upside of Infinity. Given Berkshire Hathaway’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Berkshire Hathaway is more favorable than Conifer Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

16.9% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 32.7% of Conifer Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 5.4% of Berkshire Hathaway shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 44.2% of Conifer Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Berkshire Hathaway has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Conifer Holdings has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its share price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Berkshire Hathaway and Conifer Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Berkshire Hathaway 9.51% 6.20% 2.81%
Conifer Holdings -8.37% -12.17% -4.29%

Summary

Berkshire Hathaway beats Conifer Holdings on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Berkshire Hathaway Company Profile

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. Its segments include Insurance, such as GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group, General Re Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, which is engaged in the operation of the railroad system; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which includes regulated electric and gas utility; Manufacturing, which includes manufacturers of various products, including industrial, consumer and building products; McLane Company, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; Service and retailing, which includes providers of various services, including fractional aircraft ownership programs, aviation pilot training and various retailing businesses, and Finance and financial products, which includes manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing.

Conifer Holdings Company Profile

Conifer Holdings, Inc. is an insurance holding company. Through its insurance company subsidiaries, the Company offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines. It operates through two segments: commercial lines and personal lines. It is engaged in underwriting and marketing insurance coverage, and administering claims processing for such policies. The Company offers coverage for property, liability, automobile, and other miscellaneous coverage primarily to owner-operated small and mid-sized businesses, professional organizations and hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, bars and taverns. The Company offers coverage for low-value dwelling, wind-exposed homeowners and automobile. Its personal lines products include Catastrophe coverage, including hurricane and wind coverage, to underserved homeowners in Florida, Hawaii and Texas, and Dwelling insurance.

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