Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is one of 14 public companies in the “Managed Health Care” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Cigna Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Dividends

Cigna Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.0%. Cigna Corporation pays out 0.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.0% and pay out 21.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Cigna Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cigna Corporation 5.55% 17.40% 4.04%
Cigna Corporation Competitors 1.70% 10.53% 3.41%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Cigna Corporation and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cigna Corporation $40.53 billion $4.21 billion 21.97
Cigna Corporation Competitors $52.30 billion $3.74 billion 17.83

Cigna Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than Cigna Corporation. Cigna Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

87.9% of Cigna Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 90.2% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of Cigna Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.4% of shares of all “Managed Health Care” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Cigna Corporation has a beta of 0.43, suggesting that its stock price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cigna Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.76, suggesting that their average stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cigna Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cigna Corporation 0 1 12 0 2.92
Cigna Corporation Competitors 79 854 1409 22 2.58

Cigna Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $188.23, indicating a potential downside of 1.28%. As a group, “Managed Health Care” companies have a potential downside of 1.35%. Given Cigna Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Cigna Corporation is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Cigna Corporation beats its competitors on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Cigna Corporation Company Profile

Cigna Corporation (Cigna), together with its subsidiaries, is a health services company. The Company offers medical, dental, disability, life and accident insurance and related products and services. The Company’s segments include Global Health Care, Global Supplemental Benefits, Group Disability and Life, and Other Operations and Corporate. Its Global Health Care segment aggregates the commercial and Government operating segments. Its commercial operating segment encompasses the United States commercial and certain international healthcare businesses serving employers and their employees, other groups, and individuals. Its Global Supplemental Benefits segment offers supplemental health, life and accident insurance products in selected international markets and in the United States. Its Group Disability and Life segment provides group long-term and short-term disability insurance, group life insurance, accident and specialty insurance and related services.

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