Head to Head Contrast: GWG (GWGH) vs. Symetra Financial (SYA)

GWG (NASDAQ: GWGH) and Symetra Financial (NYSE:SYA) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, risk and valuation.


Symetra Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. GWG does not pay a dividend. Symetra Financial pays out 32.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. GWG has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GWG and Symetra Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GWG $69.48 million 0.73 $390,000.00 ($3.49) -2.50
Symetra Financial N/A N/A N/A $1.36 23.54

GWG has higher revenue and earnings than Symetra Financial. GWG is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Symetra Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


This table compares GWG and Symetra Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GWG -28.93% -121.72% 3.59%
Symetra Financial 3.63% 2.50% 0.23%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for GWG and Symetra Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GWG 0 0 2 0 3.00
Symetra Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

GWG currently has a consensus price target of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 66.48%. Given GWG’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe GWG is more favorable than Symetra Financial.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

50.8% of GWG shares are owned by institutional investors. 77.4% of GWG shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


GWG beats Symetra Financial on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About GWG

GWG Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of GWG Life, is a financial services company. The Company is focused on transforming the life insurance industry through its products and services. The Company has developed a new suite of options for the life insurance secondary market called LifeCare Xchange (LCX). This new capability provides seniors with the exchange value of their life insurance policies they can apply to long-term care and other post-retirement needs. Through its subsidiary GWG Life, LLC, seeks to further transform the industry by applying proprietary M-Panel epigenetic technology to disrupt traditional life insurance underwriting practices.

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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