Critical Analysis: Unico American Corporation (UNAM) and Its Competitors

Unico American Corporation (NASDAQ: UNAM) is one of 92 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Unico American Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitability and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

29.1% of Unico American Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 54.1% of Unico American Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Unico American Corporation has a beta of -0.53, indicating that its share price is 153% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unico American Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Unico American Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Unico American Corporation 0 0 0 0 N/A
Unico American Corporation Competitors 598 2234 2117 42 2.32

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 0.44%. Given Unico American Corporation’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Unico American Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares Unico American Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Unico American Corporation -12.14% -6.52% -3.15%
Unico American Corporation Competitors 10.08% 5.29% 2.71%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Unico American Corporation and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Unico American Corporation $36.22 million -$6.16 million -11.78
Unico American Corporation Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 35.96

Unico American Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Unico American Corporation. Unico American Corporation 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

Unico American Corporation peers beat Unico American Corporation on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

About Unico American Corporation

Unico American Corporation is an insurance holding company. The Company underwrites property and casualty insurance through its insurance company subsidiary. It also provides property, casualty and health insurance through its agency subsidiaries and provides insurance premium financing and membership association services through its other subsidiaries. The Company’s operations are categorized between the Company’s segment, the insurance company operation and other insurance operations. The Company’s remaining operations constitute a range of specialty insurance services. The Company’s insurance company operation is conducted through Crusader Insurance Company (Crusader), its property and casualty insurance company. Crusader is a multiple line property and casualty insurance company. Crusader is licensed as an admitted insurance carrier in the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

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