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

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares XL Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
XL Group $10.55 billion $440.96 million -32.55
XL Group Competitors $11.30 billion $1.14 billion 65.13

XL Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than XL Group. XL Group 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.

Profitability

This table compares XL Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XL Group -2.51% -4.03% -0.83%
XL Group Competitors 9.50% 4.82% 2.59%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.9% of XL Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.0% of XL Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

XL Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. XL Group pays out -71.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 29.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. XL Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. XL Group is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for XL Group and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XL Group 1 5 6 0 2.42
XL Group Competitors 623 2289 2181 45 2.32

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 5.00%. Given XL Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe XL Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

XL Group has a beta of 1.03, suggesting that its stock price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, XL Group’s rivals have a beta of 0.98, suggesting that their average stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About XL Group

XL Group plc is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company’s Insurance segment is organized into four product divisions: Global Casualty (Casualty); Global Energy Property, & Construction (EPC); Global Professional (Professional), and Global Specialty (Specialty). Its insurance operations provide insurance policies for corporate risks that may require large limits, use of a captive insurance company and the need for a program of locally issued policies. The Reinsurance segment provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines on a global basis with business being written on both a proportional and non-proportional treaty basis, and also on a facultative basis.

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