Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ: BHF) and Genworth Financial (NYSE:GNW) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and earnings.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

22.5% of Brighthouse Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.1% of Genworth Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of Genworth Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Brighthouse Financial and Genworth Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brighthouse Financial 1 13 1 0 2.00
Genworth Financial 0 3 1 0 2.25

Brighthouse Financial currently has a consensus price target of $67.46, suggesting a potential upside of 21.64%. Genworth Financial has a consensus price target of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 13.30%. Given Brighthouse Financial’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brighthouse Financial is more favorable than Genworth Financial.

Profitability

This table compares Brighthouse Financial and Genworth Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A
Genworth Financial 3.88% 1.57% 0.22%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Brighthouse Financial and Genworth Financial’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Genworth Financial $8.37 billion 0.20 -$277.00 million $0.71 4.82

Brighthouse Financial has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Genworth Financial.

Summary

Genworth Financial beats Brighthouse Financial on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Brighthouse Financial

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

About Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial, Inc. (Genworth) is a financial security company. The Company provides insurance, wealth management, investment and financial solutions. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had more than 15 million customers, with a presence in more than 25 countries. The Company operates in Insurance, Mortgage Insurance and Corporate and Runoff. The Mortgage Insurance Division includes the business segments, such as International Mortgage Insurance and U.S. Mortgage Insurance. The Corporate and Runoff Division includes the Runoff segment and Corporate and Other activities. In September 2013, Genworth Financial, Inc closed the sale of its Wealth Management business, including Genworth Financial Wealth Management and alternative solutions provider, the Altegris companies, to a partnership of Aquiline Capital Partners and Genstar Capital.

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