Emergent Capital (NYSE: IFT) and FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitabiliy, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.

Dividends

FBL Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Emergent Capital does not pay a dividend. FBL Financial Group pays out 38.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Emergent Capital has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Emergent Capital and FBL Financial Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Emergent Capital N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
FBL Financial Group $728.67 million 2.53 $173.93 million $4.61 16.05

FBL Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Emergent Capital.

Profitability

This table compares Emergent Capital and FBL Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Emergent Capital 7.36% 4.35% 1.39%
FBL Financial Group 15.70% 9.12% 1.16%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Emergent Capital and FBL Financial Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Emergent Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A
FBL Financial Group 1 0 0 0 1.00

Institutional & Insider Ownership

29.4% of FBL Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of FBL Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

FBL Financial Group beats Emergent Capital on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Emergent Capital

Emergent Capital, Inc., formerly Imperial Holdings, Inc., is a specialty finance company that invests in asset classes, primarily life settlements. The Company, through its subsidiary companies, owns a portfolio of approximately 630 life insurance policies (life settlements). The Company purchases individual policies and portfolios of life insurance policies and manages those assets based on actuarial and market data. The Company provides customized liquidity solutions to owners of illiquid financial assets in two markets, which include life finance and structured settlements. The Company focuses on lending to outright purchases of portfolios, to tertiary trades, as well as individual secondary market purchases. The Company invests in short and long-term life settlement investments.

About FBL Financial Group

FBL Financial Group, Inc. sells individual life insurance and annuity products under the brand name of Farm Bureau Financial Services. The Company’s segments are Annuity Segment, which sells a variety of traditional annuity products; Life Insurance Segment, which sells a range of traditional and universal life insurance products, and Corporate and Other segment, which provides various support operations, corporate capital and other product lines. It also offers life and annuity products through its subsidiary, Greenfields Life Insurance Company. Its other subsidiaries support various functional areas and affiliates by providing investment advisory and marketing and distribution services. It manages all aspects of two Farm Bureau affiliated property-casualty insurance companies, Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company and Western Agricultural Insurance Company.

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