Reviewing CNO Financial Group (CNO) and Triple-S Management (GTS)

CNO Financial Group (NYSE: CNO) and Triple-S Management (NYSE:GTS) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares CNO Financial Group and Triple-S Management’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CNO Financial Group $4.30 billion 0.87 $175.60 million $2.02 11.03
Triple-S Management $2.92 billion 0.22 $54.48 million $1.89 14.33



CNO Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Triple-S Management. CNO Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Triple-S Management, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.1% of CNO Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.9% of Triple-S Management shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.3% of CNO Financial Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.2% of Triple-S Management shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares CNO Financial Group and Triple-S Management’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNO Financial Group 4.09% 6.63% 0.97%
Triple-S Management 1.87% 5.10% 1.66%

Volatility & Risk

CNO Financial Group has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Triple-S Management has a beta of 0.25, indicating that its stock price is 75% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CNO Financial Group and Triple-S Management, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNO Financial Group 1 3 3 0 2.29
Triple-S Management 0 1 0 0 2.00

CNO Financial Group presently has a consensus price target of $23.40, suggesting a potential upside of 4.98%. Triple-S Management has a consensus price target of $20.00, suggesting a potential downside of 26.14%. Given CNO Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe CNO Financial Group is more favorable than Triple-S Management.

Dividends

CNO Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Triple-S Management does not pay a dividend. CNO Financial Group pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. CNO Financial Group has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Summary

CNO Financial Group beats Triple-S Management on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

CNO Financial Group Company Profile

CNO Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and administers health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance, and other insurance products for senior and middle-income markets in the United States. It operates through Bankers Life, Washington National, Colonial Penn, and Long-Term Care in Run Off segments. The Bankers Life segment markets and distributes Medicare supplement insurance, interest-sensitive and traditional life insurance, fixed annuities, and long-term care insurance products; and Medicare advantage and prescription drug plan products through various distribution and marketing agreements. The Washington National segment markets and distributes supplemental health insurance, including specified disease, accident, and hospital indemnity insurance products; and life insurance at home and the worksite through independent marketing organizations and insurance agencies. The Colonial Penn segment primarily markets graded benefit and simplified issue life insurance directly to customers through television advertising, direct mail, the Internet, and telemarketing. The Long-Term Care in Run Off segment engages in the long-term care business. The company sells its products through career agents, independent producers, and direct marketing. CNO Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

Triple-S Management Company Profile

Triple-S Management Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides a portfolio of managed care and related products in the commercial, Medicare, and Medicaid markets in Puerto Rico, the United States. The company operates through three segments: Managed Care, Life Insurance, and Property and Casualty Insurance. It offers various managed care products, including health maintenance organization plans; preferred provider organization plans; BlueCard program; Medicare Supplement products; Medicare Advantage products; Medicaid plans; and claims processing and other administrative services. The company provides its managed care products to employers, professional and trade associations, individuals, and government entities. It also offers various life, accident, disability, and health and annuity insurance products primarily to individuals; and property and casualty insurance products, which include commercial multi-peril package, auto physical damage, personal package, commercial auto, hospital malpractice, commercial liability, and commercial property products to small and medium size accounts. The company markets and distributes its products through a network of internal sales force, direct mail, independent brokers and agents, telemarketing staff, traditional media, and digital media, as well as e-commerce. Triple-S Management Corporation was founded in 1959 and is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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