Progressive (PGR) & Sampo (SAXPY) Critical Review

Progressive (NYSE: PGR) and Sampo (OTCMKTS:SAXPY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

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Progressive pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Sampo pays an annual dividend of $1.01 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. Progressive pays out 41.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.1% of Progressive shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Sampo shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of Progressive shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Progressive and Sampo’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Progressive 5.93% 15.96% 3.86%
Sampo N/A 18.46% 5.44%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Progressive and Sampo, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Progressive 2 7 5 1 2.33
Sampo 1 0 1 0 2.00

Progressive currently has a consensus price target of $49.87, indicating a potential downside of 20.00%. Given Progressive’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Progressive is more favorable than Sampo.

Risk & Volatility

Progressive has a beta of 0.71, suggesting that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sampo has a beta of 0.73, suggesting that its stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Progressive and Sampo’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Progressive $26.84 billion 1.35 $1.59 billion $2.72 22.92
Sampo $6.86 billion 4.51 $2.53 billion N/A N/A

Sampo has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Progressive.

Summary

Progressive beats Sampo on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Progressive Company Profile

The Progressive Corporation is an insurance holding company. The Company’s insurance subsidiaries and affiliates provide personal and commercial automobile and property insurance, other specialty property-casualty insurance and related services. The Company operates through the Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Property segments. The Company’s Personal Lines segment writes insurance for personal autos, and recreational and other vehicles. The Commercial Lines business writes primary liability, physical damage and other auto-related insurance for automobiles and trucks owned and/or operated predominately by small businesses as a part of the commercial auto market. ASI is a homeowner carrier in the United States, which specializes in personal and commercial property insurance, personal umbrella insurance, and primary and excess flood insurance. The Company’s service business includes Commercial Auto Insurance Procedures/Plans (CAIP) and Commission-based businesses.

Sampo Company Profile

Sampo Oyj, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty (P&C), and life insurance products and services in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Baltic countries. The company?s P&C Insurance segment offers insurance products, including household, homeowner, motor, and accident insurance, as well as various supplementary insurances, such as travel, boat, forest, and livestock insurance to private customers; commercial insurance products, which comprise property, liability, casualty, and cargo insurance, to companies; and P&C insurances to private and corporate customers. Its Life Insurance segment provides wealth management, rewards, and risk insurance for private and corporate customers, as well as unit-linked insurance and group pension insurance products. Sampo Oyj was founded in 1909 and is based in Helsinki, Finland.

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