NFP (NYSE: NFP) and Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings and dividends.

Dividends

Assurant pays an annual dividend of $2.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. NFP does not pay a dividend. Assurant pays out 53.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. NFP has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NFP and Assurant’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NFP N/A N/A N/A $0.66 N/A
Assurant $7.53 billion 0.67 $565.35 million $4.18 22.82

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for NFP and Assurant, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NFP 0 0 0 0 N/A
Assurant 0 0 1 0 3.00

Assurant has a consensus price target of $115.00, suggesting a potential upside of 20.56%.

Profitability

This table compares NFP and Assurant’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NFP N/A N/A N/A
Assurant 3.67% 3.55% 0.48%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.3% of Assurant shares are held by institutional investors. 0.8% of Assurant shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Assurant beats NFP on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About NFP

National Financial Partners Corp. (NFP) and its benefits, insurance and wealth management businesses provide a range of advisory and brokerage services to the Company’s clients. NFP serves corporate and high net worth individual clients throughout the United States and in Canada, with a focus on the middle market and entrepreneurs. The Company operates in three segments: the Corporate Client Group (the CCG), the Individual Client Group (the ICG) and the Advisor Services Group (the ASG). The CCG is a corporate benefits advisor in the middle market, offering independent solutions. The ICG is in the delivery of independent life insurance, annuities, long term care and wealth transfer solutions for high net worth individuals. The ASG, including NFP Securities, Inc. (NFPSI), is an independent broker-dealer and registered investment advisor. In July 2013, National Financial Partners Corp announced the completion of its acquisition by a controlled affiliate of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.

About Assurant

Assurant, Inc. is a provider of risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. The Company operates in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The Company’s segments include Global Housing, Global Lifestyle and Global Preneed. Through its Global Housing segment, it provides lender-placed homeowners, manufactured housing and flood insurance; renters insurance and related products (multi-family housing business), and field services, valuation services and other property risk management services (mortgage solutions business). Through its Global Lifestyle segment, it provides mobile device protection products and related services and extended service products and related services for consumer electronics and appliances (global connected living business); vehicle protection services, and credit insurance. The Global Preneed segment provides pre-funded funeral insurance and annuity products. Its Global Preneed Segment operates in the United States and Canada.

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