Argo Group International (NASDAQ: AGII) and Investors Title (NASDAQ:ITIC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and dividends.
Volatility and Risk
Argo Group International has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investors Title has a beta of 0.65, meaning that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Argo Group International pays an annual dividend of $1.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Investors Title pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Argo Group International pays out -257.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
79.6% of Argo Group International shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 42.1% of Investors Title shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Argo Group International shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 27.5% of Investors Title shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Argo Group International and Investors Title’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Argo Group International||2.84%||-0.80%||-0.17%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Argo Group International and Investors Title’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Argo Group International||$1.77 billion||1.09||$50.30 million||($0.42)||-135.95|
|Investors Title||$161.65 million||2.31||$25.70 million||N/A||N/A|
Argo Group International has higher revenue and earnings than Investors Title.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Argo Group International and Investors Title, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Argo Group International||0||0||1||0||3.00|
Argo Group International presently has a consensus target price of $62.00, indicating a potential upside of 8.58%. Given Argo Group International’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Argo Group International is more favorable than Investors Title.
About Argo Group International
Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. is an underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property and casualty market. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty, International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Excess and Surplus Lines segment carriers focus on risks that the standard (admitted) market is unwilling or unable to underwrite. The Excess and Surplus Lines segment consists of two operating platforms: Colony Specialty and Argo Pro. Commercial Specialty segment provides property, casualty and surety coverages designed to meet the insurance needs of businesses within certain markets. International Specialty segment underwrites insurance and reinsurance risks. It operate as Argo Re, the Casualty and Professional Lines unit of Argo Insurance in Bermuda, and Argo Seguros Brazil, S.A. in Brazil. The Syndicate 1200 segment underwrites around the world property, specialty and non-United States liability insurance.
About Investors Title
Investors Title Company is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC), is engaged in issuance of residential and commercial title insurance, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC). The Company also provides tax-deferred real property exchange services through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Exchange Corporation (ITEC) and Investors Title Accommodation Corporation (ITAC); investment management and trust services to individuals, trusts and other entities through its subsidiary, Investors Trust Company (Investors Trust), and management services to title insurance agencies through its subsidiary, Investors Title Management Services (ITMS). In addition, the Company operates in the issuance of residential and commercial title insurance through ITIC and NITIC segment.
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