Financial Comparison: Swiss Re (SSREY) and Its Rivals

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Swiss Re shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.3% of shares of all “Life insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.9% of shares of all “Life insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.



Profitability

This table compares Swiss Re and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Swiss Re N/A N/A N/A
Swiss Re Competitors 4.44% 4.85% 0.81%

Risk & Volatility

Swiss Re has a beta of 0.56, suggesting that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swiss Re’s rivals have a beta of 1.07, suggesting that their average stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Swiss Re and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Swiss Re $42.49 billion $331.00 million 93.90
Swiss Re Competitors $22.37 billion $1.24 billion 15.80

Swiss Re has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its rivals. Swiss Re is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Swiss Re and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Swiss Re 1 4 2 0 2.14
Swiss Re Competitors 317 1125 1513 83 2.45

As a group, “Life insurance” companies have a potential upside of 10.00%. Given Swiss Re’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Swiss Re has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Swiss Re pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. Swiss Re pays out 384.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. 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.

Summary

Swiss Re rivals beat Swiss Re on 12 of the 14 factors compared.

About Swiss Re

Swiss Re AG is a wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. The Company operates in four segments: Property&Casualty Reinsurance, Life&Health Reinsurance, Corporate Solutions and Life Capital. Its Reinsurance Unit provides premiums and fee income through Property&Casualty and Life&Health segments. Its Corporate Solutions segment is engaged in serving mid-sized and large corporations, with product offerings ranging from traditional property and casualty insurance to customized solutions. Its Admin Re segment provides risk and capital management solutions by which the Company acquires closed books of in-force life and health insurance business, entire lines of business, or the entire capital stock of life insurance companies. Its open and closed life insurance books, including Admin Re, are managed under a unit called Life Capital.

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