State National Companies (NASDAQ: SNC) and Allied World Assurance (OTCMKTS:AWHHF) are both companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation and profitability.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares State National Companies and Allied World Assurance’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|State National Companies||$217.07 million||4.08||$49.07 million||N/A||N/A|
|Allied World Assurance||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
Institutional & Insider Ownership
58.6% of State National Companies shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.5% of Allied World Assurance shares are held by institutional investors. 34.8% of State National Companies shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.2% of Allied World Assurance shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for State National Companies and Allied World Assurance, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|State National Companies||1||2||4||0||2.43|
|Allied World Assurance||0||1||0||0||2.00|
State National Companies presently has a consensus price target of $59.50, suggesting a potential upside of 183.06%. Allied World Assurance has a consensus price target of $24.50, suggesting a potential downside of 52.47%. Given State National Companies’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe State National Companies is more favorable than Allied World Assurance.
State National Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Allied World Assurance pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%.
This table compares State National Companies and Allied World Assurance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|State National Companies||23.91%||18.02%||1.72%|
|Allied World Assurance||12.56%||8.96%||2.42%|
State National Companies beats Allied World Assurance on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.
About State National Companies
State National Companies, Inc. is a specialty provider of property and casualty insurance. The Company’s segments include Program Services, Lender Services and Corporate. In the Program Services segment, the Company operates an issuing carrier (fronting) business to provide insurance capacity access to the United States property and casualty insurance markets. In the Lender Services segment, the Company specializes in providing collateral protection insurance, which insures automobiles held as collateral for loans made by financial institutions. The Company writes its insurance business through its insurance company subsidiaries, which include State National Insurance Company, Inc. (SNIC), National Specialty Insurance Company (NSIC) and United Specialty Insurance Company (USIC). As of December 31, 2016, SNIC and NSIC were admitted carriers licensed to write property and casualty business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. USIC is an admitted carrier in Delaware.
About Allied World Assurance
Allied World Assurance Company Holdings Ltd is a Germany-based holding company. It provides property, casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions to clients around the world. The Company operates in three segments: North American Insurance, Global Markets Insurance and Reinsurance. The North American Insurance segment consists of the Company’s direct insurance operations in the United States, Bermuda and Canada. The Global Markets Insurance segment includes all of the Company’s direct insurance operations outside of North America. The Company’s reinsurance segment includes the reinsurance of property, general casualty, professional liability, specialty lines and property catastrophe coverage’s written by other reinsurance companies. The Company leases space in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Labuan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States for the operation of its North American Insurance, Global Markets Insurance and Reinsurance segments.
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