Brighthouse Financial (NYSE: BHF) and American National Insurance (NASDAQ:ANAT) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings for Brighthouse Financial and American National Insurance, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brighthouse Financial 1 10 1 0 2.00
American National Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Brighthouse Financial currently has a consensus price target of $69.45, indicating a potential upside of 25.48%. Given Brighthouse Financial’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Brighthouse Financial is more favorable than American National Insurance.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Brighthouse Financial and American National Insurance’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
American National Insurance $3.28 billion 0.95 $260.52 million $7.23 16.01

American National Insurance has higher revenue and earnings than Brighthouse Financial.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.2% of American National Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. 23.5% of American National Insurance shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


American National Insurance pays an annual dividend of $3.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Brighthouse Financial does not pay a dividend. American National Insurance pays out 45.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares Brighthouse Financial and American National Insurance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brighthouse Financial 12.14% 6.26% 0.44%
American National Insurance 5.95% 2.61% 0.50%

About Brighthouse Financial

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

About American National Insurance

American National Insurance Company is engaged in life insurance, annuities, and property and casualty insurance. The Company also offers limited health insurance. Its family of companies includes six life insurance companies, eight property and casualty insurance companies, and various non-insurance subsidiaries. Its business segments include Life, which offers products, such as Whole Life, Term Life, Universal Life, Variable Universal Life and Credit Life Insurance; Annuity, including products, such as Deferred Annuity, Single Premium Immediate Annuity and Variable Annuity; Health, including, such as Medicare Supplement, Supplemental Insurance, Stop-Loss, Credit Disability and Medical Expense; Property and Casualty, which offers products, such as Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Credit-Related Property Insurance products, and Corporate and Other, which consists of its invested assets that are not used to support insurance activities, and non-insurance subsidiaries.

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