Hannover Re (HVRRY) & The Competition Critical Survey

Hannover Re (OTCMKTS: HVRRY) is one of 38 public companies in the “Life insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Hannover Re to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

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0.1% of Hannover Re shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.6% of shares of all “Life insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 18.7% of shares of all “Life insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hannover Re 5.47% 10.29% 1.55%
Hannover Re Competitors 5.02% 5.04% 0.90%

Risk & Volatility

Hannover Re has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hannover Re’s peers have a beta of 1.07, indicating that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Hannover Re and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hannover Re 0 2 1 0 2.33
Hannover Re Competitors 317 1121 1510 82 2.45

As a group, “Life insurance” companies have a potential upside of 11.25%. Given Hannover Re’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Hannover Re has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Hannover Re pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hannover Re pays out 31.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 28.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hannover Re lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hannover Re and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hannover Re $19.66 billion $1.08 billion 15.38
Hannover Re Competitors $22.37 billion $1.24 billion 15.65

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

Summary

Hannover Re peers beat Hannover Re on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

Hannover Re Company Profile

Hannover Rück SE, together with its subsidiaries, provides reinsurance products and services worldwide. It operates through Property & Casualty Reinsurance, and Life & Health Reinsurance segments. The Property & Casualty Reinsurance segment offers specialty lines comprising marine, aviation, facultative, credit, surety, and political risks reinsurance products; and treaty, catastrophe XL, and structured reinsurance, as well as insurance-linked securities. This segment also provides risk solutions for casualty and property, as well as for agricultural, livestock, and bloodstock businesses; aviation and space business; and marine and offshore energy business. The Life & Health Reinsurance segment offers, enhanced annuities, group life and health, guaranteed simplified issue, 60+, and Sharia-compliant Takaful reinsurance products, as well as micro insurance products. This segment also provides risk solutions in the areas of critical illness, disability, health, longevity, long term care, and mortality. In addition, it offers various financial solutions, including new-business financing; monetization of embedded value; reserve and solvency relief; and divestiture of non-core businesses. The company was formerly known as Hannover Rückversicherung AG and changed its name to Hannover Rück SE in March 2013. The company was founded in 1966 and is based in Hanover, Germany. Hannover Rück SE is a subsidiary of Talanx AG.

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