Protective Life (PL) & Its Competitors Head to Head Comparison

Protective Life (NYSE: PL) is one of 24 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Protective Life to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, profitability, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Protective Life and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Protective Life 10.35% 10.03% 0.67%
Protective Life Competitors 5.44% 2.54% 1.34%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Protective Life and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Protective Life N/A N/A 13.22
Protective Life Competitors $26.01 billion $1.31 billion -546.84

Protective Life’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Protective Life. Protective Life 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.

Institutional & Insider 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 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.

Volatility & Risk

Protective Life has a beta of 1.71, suggesting that its stock price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Protective Life’s peers have a beta of 1.34, suggesting that their average stock price is 34% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Protective Life and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Protective Life 0 0 0 0 N/A
Protective Life Competitors 234 1138 1674 81 2.51

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 8.11%. Given Protective Life’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Protective Life has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Protective Life peers beat Protective Life on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

About Protective Life

Protective Life Corporation is a holding company. The Company along with subsidiaries provides financial services in the United States through the production, distribution, and administration of insurance and investment products. The Company operates several operating segments, each distinguished by products, channels of distribution, and/or other strategic distinctions. The Company’s operating segments are Life Marketing, Acquisitions, Annuities, Stable Value Products, and Asset Protection. The Company has an additional segment referred to as Corporate and Other which consists of net investment income not assigned and expenses not attributable to the segments. This segment also includes earnings from several non-strategic or runoff lines of business, various investment-related transactions, the operations of small subsidiaries, and the repurchase of non-recourse funding obligations.

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