Comparing Unum Group (UNM) and The Competition

Unum Group (NYSE: UNM) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Unum Group to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Volatility & Risk

Unum Group has a beta of 1.57, meaning that its share price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unum Group’s peers have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Unum Group pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Unum Group pays out 22.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Unum Group has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Unum Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unum Group 2 6 1 0 1.89
Unum Group Competitors 347 1371 1883 80 2.46

Unum Group presently has a consensus price target of $45.63, suggesting a potential downside of 5.99%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.15%. Given Unum Group’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Unum Group has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.4% of Unum Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Unum Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Unum Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unum Group 8.57% 10.23% 1.49%
Unum Group Competitors 4.00% 1.18% 1.80%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Unum Group and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Unum Group $11.19 billion $1.66 billion 11.69
Unum Group Competitors $28.24 billion $2.32 billion 49.24

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

Summary

Unum Group peers beat Unum Group on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Unum Group Company Profile

Unum Group is a provider of financial protection benefits in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Company’s products include disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental and vision, and other related services. Its segments include Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, Closed Block and Corporate. Its Unum US segment includes group long-term and short-term disability insurance, group life and accidental death and dismemberment products, and supplemental and voluntary lines of business. Its Unum UK segment includes insurance for group long-term disability, group life, and supplemental lines of business, which include dental, individual disability and critical illness products. Its Colonial Life segment includes insurance for accident, sickness, and disability products, life products, and cancer and critical illness products issued primarily by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company and marketed to employees. Its Closed Block segment consists of other insurance products.

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