Leucadia National (NYSE: LUK) and Global Indemnity (NASDAQ:GBLI) are both multi-sector conglomerates companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation and profitability.
Risk & Volatility
Leucadia National has a beta of 1.3, meaning that its stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Global Indemnity has a beta of 1, meaning that its stock price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.
This table compares Leucadia National and Global Indemnity’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Institutional and Insider Ownership
75.4% of Leucadia National shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.4% of Global Indemnity shares are owned by institutional investors. 10.2% of Leucadia National shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 53.3% of Global Indemnity shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Leucadia National pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Global Indemnity does not pay a dividend. Leucadia National pays out 90.9% 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 and Earnings
This table compares Leucadia National and Global Indemnity’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Leucadia National||$11.44 billion||0.72||$171.72 million||$0.44||52.71|
|Global Indemnity||$485.52 million||1.03||-$9.55 million||($0.57)||-61.77|
Leucadia National has higher revenue and earnings than Global Indemnity. Global Indemnity is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Leucadia National, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Leucadia National and Global Indemnity, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Leucadia National beats Global Indemnity on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Leucadia National
Leucadia National Corporation (Leucadia) is a diversified holding company focused on return on investment and long-term value. The Company’s segments, based on requirements are Jefferies, National Beef, and Corporate and other. Jefferies is a global full-service, integrated securities and investment banking firm. National Beef processes and markets fresh boxed beef, case-ready beef, beef by-products and wet blue leather for domestic and international markets. Its financial services businesses include Jefferies Group LLC, Leucadia Asset Management, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, LLC (commercial mortgage banking and servicing), FXCM Group, LLC, HomeFed Corporation (HomeFed) and Foursight Capital and Chrome Capital (vehicle finance). It also owns and has investments in an array of businesses, including National Beef, HRG Group, Inc. (HRG), Vitesse Energy, LLC and Juneau Energy, LLC, Conwed Plastics and Idaho Timber and Golden Queen Mining Company, LLC (a gold and silver mining project).
About Global Indemnity
Global Indemnity Limited is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary insurance and reinsurance companies, provides both admitted and non-admitted specialty property and casualty insurance coverages and individual policyholder coverages in the United States, as well as reinsurance across the world. Its segments include United States Based Commercial Lines Operations, United States Based Personal Lines Operations and Bermuda Based Reinsurance Operations. Its United States insurance products are distributed through divisions, including Penn-America Group (Binding Authority), Diamond State Group (Brokerage), United National Group (Programs), American Reliable Insurance Company (Binding Authority), J.H. Ferguson & Associates, LLC, VacantExpress.com (Agency), and Collectibles Insurance Services, LLC (Agency). Its multi-channel distribution network consists of the United States and international operations.
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