Critical Analysis: HCI Group (HCII) & Its Rivals

HCI Group (NASDAQ: HCII) is one of 91 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare HCI Group to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and valuation.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

59.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares HCI Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
HCI Group 14.08% 15.29% 4.84%
HCI Group Competitors 8.98% 3.74% 2.26%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares HCI Group and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
HCI Group N/A N/A -19.36
HCI Group Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 201.80

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for HCI Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
HCI Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
HCI Group Competitors 627 2308 2195 45 2.32

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 5.94%. Given HCI Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe HCI Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

HCI Group has a beta of 2.29, suggesting that its stock price is 129% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, HCI Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.92, suggesting that their average stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About HCI Group

HCI Group, Inc. (HCI) is an insurance holding company. The Company operates through four operating divisions: property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, investment real estate and information technology. Its operations include Insurance Operations and Other Operations. Its Insurance Operations include property and casualty insurance, and reinsurance. The Company, through its subsidiary, Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance Company, Inc. (HCPCI), provides property and casualty insurance to homeowners, condominium owners and tenants on properties located in Florida. HCPCI also offers flood-endorsed and wind-only policies to new and pre-existing Florida customers. Its Other Operations include information technology (IT) and real estate. The Company’s real estate operations consist of multiple properties it owns and operates.

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