Prudential Public Limited Company (NYSE: PUK) and MetLife (NYSE:MET) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitabiliy, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Prudential Public Limited Company and MetLife’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Prudential Public Limited Company N/A N/A N/A
MetLife -0.95% 7.57% 0.60%

Risk and Volatility

Prudential Public Limited Company has a beta of 1.58, suggesting that its share price is 58% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MetLife has a beta of 1.46, suggesting that its share price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Prudential Public Limited Company and MetLife’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Prudential Public Limited Company $91.08 billion 0.65 $4.81 billion N/A N/A
MetLife $61.21 billion 0.99 -$566.25 million ($0.62) -90.58

Prudential Public Limited Company has higher revenue and earnings than MetLife.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Prudential Public Limited Company and MetLife, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Prudential Public Limited Company 0 2 4 0 2.67
MetLife 0 3 7 1 2.82

Prudential Public Limited Company presently has a consensus price target of $42.40, indicating a potential downside of 8.40%. MetLife has a consensus price target of $55.65, indicating a potential downside of 0.91%. Given MetLife’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MetLife is more favorable than Prudential Public Limited Company.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.7% of Prudential Public Limited Company shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.5% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Prudential Public Limited Company pays an annual dividend of $1.59 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. MetLife pays out -258.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Prudential Public Limited Company has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years and MetLife has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

MetLife beats Prudential Public Limited Company on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Prudential Public Limited Company

Prudential Public Limited Company (Prudential) is a United Kingdom-based international financial services company. The Company offers a range of retail financial products and services and asset management services throughout these territories. The Company operates through Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities as well as collective investment schemes. The Company’s insurance operations include Asia, the United States (Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson)) and the United Kingdom. The Company’s asset management operations include Eastspring Investments, US broker-dealer and asset management, M&G and Prudential Capital. Eastspring Investments is an asset manager in Asia and provides investment solutions across a range of asset classes.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings; Brighthouse Financial, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses. Its Asia segment offers products, including life insurance; accident and health insurance, and retirement and savings products. Latin America offers products, including life insurance, and retirement and savings products. Life insurance includes universal, variable and term life products. EMEA offers products, including life insurance, accident and health insurance, retirement and savings products, and credit insurance. The Brighthouse Financial segment offers products and services, including variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products.

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