Maiden Holdings (NASDAQ: MHLD) and Everest Re Group (NYSE:RE) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Maiden Holdings and Everest Re Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Maiden Holdings $2.83 billion 0.34 $73.85 million $0.15 74.00
Everest Re Group $6.04 billion 1.73 $1.10 billion $26.88 9.47

Everest Re Group has higher revenue and earnings than Maiden Holdings. Everest Re Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Maiden Holdings, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Maiden Holdings and Everest Re Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Maiden Holdings 1.37% 3.41% 0.59%
Everest Re Group 18.49% 12.70% 4.77%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Maiden Holdings and Everest Re Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Maiden Holdings 0 1 3 0 2.75
Everest Re Group 1 4 1 0 2.00

Maiden Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $16.50, indicating a potential upside of 48.65%. Everest Re Group has a consensus price target of $229.20, indicating a potential downside of 9.97%. Given Maiden Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Maiden Holdings is more favorable than Everest Re Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

68.0% of Maiden Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.5% of Everest Re Group shares are held by institutional investors. 10.0% of Maiden Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Everest Re Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Maiden Holdings pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.4%. Everest Re Group pays an annual dividend of $5.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Maiden Holdings pays out 400.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Everest Re Group pays out 18.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Everest Re Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Maiden Holdings has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Everest Re Group has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Everest Re Group beats Maiden Holdings on 10 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Maiden Holdings Company Profile

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (Maiden) is a holding company. The Company focuses on serving the needs of regional and specialty insurers in the United States, Europe and select other global markets by providing reinsurance solutions designed to support their capital needs. It operates through two segments: Diversified Reinsurance and AmTrust Reinsurance. The Diversified Reinsurance segment consists of a portfolio of property and casualty reinsurance business focusing on regional and specialty property, and casualty insurance companies located, primarily in the United States and Europe. AmTrust is a multinational specialty property and casualty insurance holding company with operations in the United States, Europe and Bermuda. The Company provides reinsurance through its subsidiaries, Maiden Reinsurance Ltd. and Maiden Reinsurance North America, Inc. Internationally, the Company provides insurance sales and distribution services through Maiden Global Holdings, Ltd. and its subsidiaries.

Everest Re Group Company Profile

Everest Re Group, Ltd., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the underwriting of reinsurance and insurance in the United States, Bermuda and international markets. The Company operates in segments: U.S. Reinsurance, International, Bermuda and Insurance segment. The Company underwrites reinsurance both through brokers and directly with ceding companies. The Company underwrites insurance principally through general agent relationships, brokers and surplus lines brokers. The Company offers treaty and facultative reinsurance, and admitted and non-admitted insurance. Its products include the range of property and casualty reinsurance, and insurance coverage’s, including marine, aviation, surety, errors and omissions liability (E&O), directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O), medical malpractice, other specialty lines, accident and health (A&H) and workers’ compensation. Its subsidiaries include Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd. (Bermuda Re) and Everest International Reinsurance, Ltd.

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