MetLife (NYSE: MET) and Athene Holding (NYSE:ATH) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MetLife 0.30% 8.51% 0.65%
Athene Holding N/A N/A N/A

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MetLife and Athene Holding’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MetLife $63.21 billion 0.79 $817.50 million $0.09 523.84
Athene Holding $5.72 billion 1.80 N/A N/A N/A

MetLife has higher revenue and earnings than Athene Holding.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for MetLife and Athene Holding, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MetLife 1 4 8 0 2.54
Athene Holding 0 4 11 0 2.73

MetLife currently has a consensus price target of $58.89, indicating a potential upside of 24.93%. Athene Holding has a consensus price target of $58.08, indicating a potential upside of 12.98%. Given MetLife’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe MetLife is more favorable than Athene Holding.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.2% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.5% of Athene Holding shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of Athene Holding 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.

Dividends

MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Athene Holding does not pay a dividend. MetLife pays out 1,778.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. MetLife has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

MetLife beats Athene Holding on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

MetLife Company Profile

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, 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.

Athene Holding Company Profile

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.

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