Hartford Financial Services Group (NYSE: HIG) is one of 21 public companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Hartford Financial Services Group to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and risk.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hartford Financial Services Group 2.63% 8.21% 0.62%
Hartford Financial Services Group Competitors 6.32% 10.31% 2.36%

Volatility & Risk

Hartford Financial Services Group has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hartford Financial Services Group’s rivals have a beta of 1.29, suggesting that their average share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hartford Financial Services Group $18.30 billion $896.00 million 43.84
Hartford Financial Services Group Competitors $11.95 billion $575.69 million 171.90

Hartford Financial Services Group has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Hartford Financial Services 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.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.6% of Hartford Financial Services Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.7% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.5% of Hartford Financial Services Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Hartford Financial Services Group pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Hartford Financial Services Group pays out 76.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 50.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hartford Financial Services Group has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Hartford Financial Services Group lags its rivals as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Hartford Financial Services Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hartford Financial Services Group 0 4 6 0 2.60
Hartford Financial Services Group Competitors 112 796 846 21 2.44

Hartford Financial Services Group presently has a consensus target price of $56.60, suggesting a potential downside of 1.45%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.22%. Given Hartford Financial Services Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Hartford Financial Services Group is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

Hartford Financial Services Group rivals beat Hartford Financial Services Group on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Hartford Financial Services Group

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is a holding company for insurance and financial services subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Commercial Lines, which provides workers’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages primarily throughout the United States; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages to individuals across the United States; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage, and other products and services; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes certain property and casualty operations; Mutual Funds, which provides investment management, administration, product distribution and related services to investors; Talcott Resolution, which consists of the run-off of the Company’s the United States individual and institutional annuity, and Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) businesses, and Corporate.

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