CNO Financial Group (NYSE: CNO) is one of 31 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare CNO Financial Group to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares CNO Financial Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNO Financial Group 9.61% 5.74% 0.81%
CNO Financial Group Competitors 4.29% 1.62% 1.76%

Volatility and Risk

CNO Financial Group has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CNO Financial Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.28, meaning that their average share price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares CNO Financial Group and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CNO Financial Group $4.15 billion $935.40 million 10.08
CNO Financial Group Competitors $28.39 billion $2.33 billion 51.29

CNO Financial Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than CNO Financial Group. CNO Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

95.4% of CNO Financial Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.3% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of CNO Financial Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.5% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for CNO Financial Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNO Financial Group 1 6 1 0 2.00
CNO Financial Group Competitors 348 1382 1895 80 2.46

CNO Financial Group currently has a consensus price target of $20.50, suggesting a potential downside of 11.18%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 9.66%. Given CNO Financial Group’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe CNO Financial Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

CNO Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. CNO Financial Group pays out 15.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. CNO Financial Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

CNO Financial Group rivals beat CNO Financial Group on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About CNO Financial Group

CNO Financial Group, Inc. is a holding company for a group of insurance companies operating throughout the United States that develops, markets and administers health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance and other insurance products. The Company’s segments include Bankers Life, Washington National and Colonial Penn. It sells health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance and other insurance products through three primary distribution channels: career agents, independent producers and direct marketing. The Company offers products in various categories, including health, annuities and life insurance. The health products include Medicare supplement, long-term care, prescription drug plan and Medicare advantage, supplemental health products and other health products. The annuities products include fixed index annuities and other fixed interest annuities. The life insurance products include interest-sensitive life products and traditional life products.

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