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

Earnings & Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athene Holding $5.72 billion 1.86 N/A N/A N/A
MetLife $63.21 billion 0.82 $817.50 million $0.09 539.39

MetLife has higher revenue and earnings than Athene Holding.

Dividends

MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. 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. Athene Holding has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

47.5% of Athene Holding shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.2% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. 10.6% of Athene Holding shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Athene Holding and MetLife, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

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

Athene Holding currently has a consensus price target of $58.08, indicating a potential upside of 9.34%. MetLife has a consensus price target of $58.89, indicating a potential upside of 21.33%. Given MetLife’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe MetLife is more favorable than Athene Holding.

Summary

MetLife beats Athene Holding on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Athene Holding

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.

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, 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.

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