Athene Holding (NYSE: ATH) and Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Athene Holding and Lincoln National Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athene Holding $5.00 billion 1.98 N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln National Corporation $13.53 billion 1.14 $1.99 billion $6.06 11.32

Lincoln National Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Athene Holding.


Lincoln National Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Athene Holding does not pay a dividend. Lincoln National Corporation pays out 19.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Athene Holding has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

39.0% of Athene Holding shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 80.2% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 10.6% of Athene Holding shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.4% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are held 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.


This table compares Athene Holding and Lincoln National Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athene Holding N/A N/A N/A
Lincoln National Corporation 10.43% 10.70% 0.62%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Athene Holding and Lincoln National Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athene Holding 0 6 9 0 2.60
Lincoln National Corporation 0 6 5 0 2.45

Athene Holding presently has a consensus target price of $55.25, suggesting a potential upside of 11.66%. Lincoln National Corporation has a consensus target price of $67.09, suggesting a potential downside of 2.20%. Given Athene Holding’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Athene Holding is more favorable than Lincoln National Corporation.

About Athene Holding

Athene Holding Ltd. is an insurance holding company. The Company’s segments include Retirement Services, Corporate and Other. Retirement Services segment consists of the United States and Bermuda operations, which issue and reinsure retirement savings products and institutional products. Retirement Services has retail operations, which provide annuity retirement solutions to its policyholders. Retirement Services has reinsurance operations, which reinsure multi-year guaranteed annuities, fixed indexed annuities, traditional one year guarantee fixed deferred annuities, immediate annuities and institutional products from its reinsurance partners. It offers two product lines: annuities and funding agreements. It offers deferred and immediate annuities, which are focused on the needs and objectives of people preparing for, approaching or living in retirement. It focuses on issuing funding agreements to institutional investors. Its life and other products include other retail products.

About Lincoln National Corporation

Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental.

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