Head to Head Analysis: NFP (NFP) vs. American National Insurance (ANAT)

NFP (NYSE: NFP) and American National Insurance (NASDAQ:ANAT) are both multiline insurance & brokers – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares NFP and American National Insurance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NFP N/A N/A N/A
American National Insurance 6.28% 2.89% 0.55%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares NFP and American National Insurance’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NFP N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A
American National Insurance $3.23 billion 1.06 $181.00 million $7.75 16.46

American National Insurance has higher revenue and earnings than NFP. NFP is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than American National Insurance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

American National Insurance pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. NFP does not pay a dividend. American National Insurance pays out 42.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.1% of American National Insurance shares are held by institutional investors. 23.5% of American National Insurance shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for NFP and American National Insurance, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NFP 0 0 0 0 N/A
American National Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

American National Insurance beats NFP on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

NFP Company Profile

National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP) and its benefits, insurance and wealth management businesses provide a range of advisory and brokerage services to the Company’s clients. NFP serves corporate and high net worth individual clients throughout the United States and in Canada, with a focus on the middle market and entrepreneurs. The Company operates in three segments: the Corporate Client Group (the CCG), the Individual Client Group (the ICG) and the Advisor Services Group (the ASG). The CCG is a corporate benefits advisor in the middle market, offering independent solutions. The ICG is in the delivery of independent life insurance, annuities, long term care and wealth transfer solutions for high net worth individuals. The ASG, including NFP Securities, Inc. (NFPSI), is an independent broker-dealer and registered investment advisor. In July 2013, National Financial Partners Corp announced the completion of its acquisition by a controlled affiliate of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

American National Insurance Company Profile

American National Insurance Company is engaged in life insurance, annuities, and property and casualty insurance. The Company also offers limited health insurance. Its family of companies includes six life insurance companies, eight property and casualty insurance companies, and various non-insurance subsidiaries. Its business segments include Life, which offers products, such as Whole Life, Term Life, Universal Life, Variable Universal Life and Credit Life Insurance; Annuity, including products, such as Deferred Annuity, Single Premium Immediate Annuity and Variable Annuity; Health, including, such as Medicare Supplement, Supplemental Insurance, Stop-Loss, Credit Disability and Medical Expense; Property and Casualty, which offers products, such as Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Credit-Related Property Insurance products, and Corporate and Other, which consists of its invested assets that are not used to support insurance activities, and non-insurance subsidiaries.

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