Essent Group (NYSE: ESNT) is one of 92 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Essent Group to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Essent Group and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Essent Group 0 1 6 0 2.86
Essent Group Competitors 622 2274 2166 45 2.32

Essent Group currently has a consensus target price of $44.86, indicating a potential upside of 3.69%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 0.80%. Given Essent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Essent Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Essent Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Essent Group 52.41% 19.88% 13.97%
Essent Group Competitors 9.77% 4.96% 2.64%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.6% of Essent Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Essent Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Essent Group and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Essent Group $512.83 million $362.45 million 15.34
Essent Group Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 39.38

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

Risk and Volatility

Essent Group has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essent Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Essent Group beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Essent Group Company Profile

Essent Group Ltd. is a private mortgage insurance company. The Company is engaged in offering private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. Its products and services include mortgage insurance, contract underwriting, and Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance. The Company’s primary mortgage insurance is offered to customers on individual loans at the time of origination on a flow basis, but can also be written in bulk transactions. Its pool insurance provides additional credit enhancement for certain secondary market and other mortgage transactions. The primary mortgage insurance operations were conducted through Essent Guaranty, Inc. which is a mortgage insurer licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as of December 31, 2016. It offers primary mortgage insurance, pool insurance and master policy. It provides contract underwriting services through CUW Solutions, LLC.

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