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

Risk and Volatility

Lincoln National Corporation has a beta of 1.99, meaning that its share price is 99% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln National Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 1.29, meaning that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lincoln National Corporation 10.85% 10.99% 0.64%
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 5.21% 1.96% 1.96%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

79.9% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.4% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.4% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Lincoln National Corporation and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lincoln National Corporation $13.86 billion $2.17 billion 11.55
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors $28.59 billion $2.35 billion 53.79

Lincoln National Corporation’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Lincoln National Corporation. Lincoln National Corporation 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Lincoln National Corporation and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lincoln National Corporation 0 4 4 0 2.50
Lincoln National Corporation Competitors 232 1115 1671 80 2.52

Lincoln National Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $76.63, suggesting a potential upside of 1.72%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 7.81%. Given Lincoln National Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Lincoln National Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

Lincoln National Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Lincoln National Corporation pays out 17.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. 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. Lincoln National Corporation has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Summary

Lincoln National Corporation rivals beat Lincoln National Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Lincoln National Corporation Company Profile

Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental.

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