Symetra Financial (NYSE: SYA) is one of 24 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Symetra Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, risk, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, valuation and analyst recommendations.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
68.7% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 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, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Symetra Financial Competitors||5.44%||2.54%||1.34%|
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Symetra Financial and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Symetra Financial Competitors||$26.01 billion||$1.31 billion||-545.92|
Symetra Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial. Symetra Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Symetra Financial and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Symetra Financial Competitors||234||1138||1674||81||2.51|
As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.60%. Given Symetra Financial’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Symetra Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
Symetra Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Symetra Financial pays out 32.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 31.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Symetra Financial has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years. Symetra Financial lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.
Symetra Financial peers beat Symetra Financial on 9 of the 9 factors compared.
About Symetra Financial
Symetra Financial Corporation is a financial services company in the life insurance industry. The Company’s products are distributed domestically in all states and the District of Columbia through benefits consultants, financial institutions, broker-dealers and independent agents and advisers. It has three divisions: Benefits Division, Retirement Division and Individual Life Division. The Company’s Benefits Division provides medical stop-loss insurance, group life and disability income (DI) insurance, and limited benefit medical insurance as its principal products. The Company’s Retirement Division provides products that help its customers prepare for retirement and includes the Deferred Annuities and Income Annuities segments. The Company’s Individual Life division sells life insurance products.
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