W.R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) is one of 91 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare W.R. Berkley Corporation to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for W.R. Berkley Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
W.R. Berkley Corporation 0 9 1 0 2.10
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors 626 2272 2134 45 2.31

W.R. Berkley Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $68.00, indicating a potential downside of 1.08%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 6.07%. Given W.R. Berkley Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe W.R. Berkley Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
W.R. Berkley Corporation $7.65 billion $601.91 million 16.17
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 115.17

W.R. Berkley Corporation’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than W.R. Berkley Corporation. W.R. Berkley Corporation 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

70.5% of W.R. Berkley Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 22.1% of W.R. Berkley Corporation 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 company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

W.R. Berkley Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. W.R. Berkley Corporation pays out 13.2% 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 19.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. W.R. Berkley Corporation has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares W.R. Berkley Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
W.R. Berkley Corporation 7.09% 6.14% 1.36%
W.R. Berkley Corporation Competitors 9.18% 3.73% 2.27%

Volatility and Risk

W.R. Berkley Corporation has a beta of 0.92, suggesting that its share price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, W.R. Berkley Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

W.R. Berkley Corporation competitors beat W.R. Berkley Corporation on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About W.R. Berkley Corporation

W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company. It operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance-Global. The Insurance segment consists of its commercial insurance business operations, comprising excess and surplus lines, and admitted lines, throughout the United States, as well as its insurance business operations in the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia. Its Insurance segment comprises business units, such as Acadia Insurance, American Mining Insurance Group, Berkley Accident and Health, Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists, Berkley Aviation and Berkley Canada. Reinsurance consists of its reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa. Its Reinsurance segment comprises business units, such as Berkley Re America, Berkley Re Asia Pacific, Berkley Re Direct and Berkley Re UK.

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