Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW) is one of 21 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Genworth Financial to related companies based on the strength of its risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability and valuation.

Volatility & Risk

Genworth Financial has a beta of 2.8, meaning that its stock price is 180% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Genworth Financial’s competitors have a beta of 1.30, meaning that their average stock price is 30% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

66.8% of Genworth Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Genworth Financial shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Genworth Financial and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Genworth Financial $8.37 billion -$277.00 million 5.09
Genworth Financial Competitors $11.95 billion $575.69 million 161.97

Genworth Financial’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Genworth Financial. Genworth Financial 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.

Profitability

This table compares Genworth Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Genworth Financial 3.88% 1.57% 0.22%
Genworth Financial Competitors 3.14% 8.23% 2.12%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Genworth Financial and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Genworth Financial 0 3 1 0 2.25
Genworth Financial Competitors 112 796 846 21 2.44

Genworth Financial presently has a consensus price target of $3.88, suggesting a potential upside of 13.64%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.14%. Given Genworth Financial’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Genworth Financial is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Genworth Financial competitors beat Genworth Financial on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Genworth Financial Company Profile

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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