Critical Comparison: Amerisafe (AMSF) versus Its Peers

Amerisafe (NASDAQ: AMSF) is one of 150 public companies in the “INSURANCE” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Amerisafe to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

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Amerisafe pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Amerisafe pays out 36.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “INSURANCE” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 24.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Amerisafe lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Amerisafe 12.32% 12.69% 3.83%
Amerisafe Competitors 4.12% 3.23% 0.91%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Amerisafe and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Amerisafe 0 1 3 0 2.75
Amerisafe Competitors 930 3950 4492 215 2.42

Amerisafe presently has a consensus target price of $66.50, suggesting a potential upside of 26.19%. As a group, “INSURANCE” companies have a potential upside of 1.54%. Given Amerisafe’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Amerisafe is more favorable than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

Amerisafe has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Amerisafe’s peers have a beta of 0.94, suggesting that their average share price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.5% of Amerisafe shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 63.4% of shares of all “INSURANCE” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.2% of Amerisafe shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 13.2% of shares of all “INSURANCE” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Amerisafe and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Amerisafe $375.21 million $46.23 million 21.96
Amerisafe Competitors $15.88 billion $1.31 billion 9.05

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

Summary

Amerisafe beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Amerisafe

Amerisafe, Inc. is an insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in providing workers’ compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, and agriculture. It is engaged in underwriting the workers’ compensation exposures inherent in these industries. It provides coverage to employers under state and federal workers’ compensation laws. The Company’s workers’ compensation insurance policies provide benefits to injured employees for, temporary or permanent disability, death and medical and hospital expenses. The Company provides safety services at employers’ workplaces as a component of its underwriting process. It utilizes claims management practices. In addition to its voluntary workers’ compensation business, it underwrites workers’ compensation policies for employers assigned to the Company and assumes reinsurance premiums from mandatory pooling arrangements.

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