MetLife (NYSE: MET) is one of 29 publicly-traded companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare MetLife to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares MetLife and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MetLife $63.21 billion $817.50 million 584.29
MetLife Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 53.18

MetLife has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. MetLife is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for MetLife and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MetLife 1 5 8 0 2.50
MetLife Competitors 231 1111 1663 80 2.52

MetLife currently has a consensus target price of $58.32, suggesting a potential upside of 10.92%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.77%. Given MetLife’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe MetLife is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares MetLife and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MetLife 0.30% 8.51% 0.65%
MetLife Competitors 5.21% 1.96% 1.96%

Volatility and Risk

MetLife has a beta of 1.47, suggesting that its stock price is 47% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MetLife’s peers have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.3% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. 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. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.2% and pay out 35.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. MetLife has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Summary

MetLife beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

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.

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