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

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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for MetLife and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MetLife 1 6 7 0 2.43
MetLife Competitors 232 1115 1671 80 2.52

MetLife currently has a consensus price target of $58.24, indicating a potential upside of 9.59%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 7.67%. Given MetLife’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MetLife is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

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

Profitability

This table compares MetLife and its rivals’ 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%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares MetLife and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
MetLife $63.21 billion $817.50 million 590.51
MetLife Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 53.79

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

Insider and Institutional 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 hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

MetLife rivals beat MetLife 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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