OneBeacon Insurance Group (OB) versus James River Group Holdings (JRVR) Financial Contrast

James River Group Holdings (NASDAQ: JRVR) and OneBeacon Insurance Group (NYSE:OB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

92.7% of James River Group Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.3% of OneBeacon Insurance Group shares are held by institutional investors. 41.0% of James River Group Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 76.6% of OneBeacon Insurance Group shares are held by company 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.

Risk & Volatility

James River Group Holdings has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, OneBeacon Insurance Group has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares James River Group Holdings and OneBeacon Insurance Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
James River Group Holdings 11.45% 10.80% 3.21%
OneBeacon Insurance Group 0.10% -0.12% 0.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for James River Group Holdings and OneBeacon Insurance Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
James River Group Holdings 0 1 2 0 2.67
OneBeacon Insurance Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

James River Group Holdings currently has a consensus target price of $47.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.63%. Given James River Group Holdings’ higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe James River Group Holdings is more favorable than OneBeacon Insurance Group.

Dividends

James River Group Holdings pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. OneBeacon Insurance Group pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. James River Group Holdings pays out 45.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. OneBeacon Insurance Group pays out 115.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares James River Group Holdings and OneBeacon Insurance Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
James River Group Holdings $699.18 million 1.76 $97.44 million $2.65 15.75
OneBeacon Insurance Group $1.17 billion 0.36 $16.78 million $0.73 24.78

James River Group Holdings has higher revenue, but lower earnings than OneBeacon Insurance Group. James River Group Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OneBeacon Insurance Group, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

James River Group Holdings beats OneBeacon Insurance Group on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

James River Group Holdings Company Profile

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (JRG Holdings) is an insurance and reinsurance holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance, Casualty Reinsurance, and Corporate and Other. The Excess and Surplus Lines segment offers commercial excess and surplus lines liability and excess property insurance products. The Specialty Admitted Insurance segment offers workers’ compensation insurance coverage, as well as specialty admitted fronting and program business. The Casualty Reinsurance segment offers commercial liability and non-catastrophe property reinsurance to the United States insurance companies and to its the United States-based insurance subsidiaries. The Corporate and Other segment consists of certain management and treasury activities of James River Group, Inc., James River Group Holdings UK Limited and JRG Holdings. It owns six insurance companies focused on specialty insurance niches and a reinsurance company.

OneBeacon Insurance Group Company Profile

OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (OneBeacon) is a specialty property and casualty insurance writer that offers a range of insurance products in the United States. The Company’s segments include Specialty Products, Specialty Industries, and Investing, Financing and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Products segment consisted of 10 underwriting operating segments representing an aggregation based on those that offer products, coverages and services to customers across the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Industries segment consisted of six underwriting operating segments representing an aggregation based on those that focus on solving the needs of a particular customer or industry group. The Investing, Financing and Corporate segment includes the investing and financing activities for OneBeacon on a consolidated basis, and certain other activities conducted through the Company and its intermediate subsidiaries.

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