Critical Review: Prudential Public (PUK) versus Its Peers

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Prudential Public and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Prudential Public 0 1 1 0 2.50
Prudential Public Competitors 231 1106 1718 86 2.53

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 2.34%. Given Prudential Public’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Prudential Public has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

1.6% of Prudential Public shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Prudential Public has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its stock price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Prudential Public’s competitors have a beta of 1.33, indicating that their average stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Prudential Public and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Prudential Public N/A N/A N/A
Prudential Public Competitors 6.06% 3.69% 1.40%


Prudential Public pays an annual dividend of $0.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Prudential Public pays out 26.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 30.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Prudential Public $97.42 billion $2.60 billion 18.54
Prudential Public Competitors $26.01 billion $1.31 billion -470.17

Prudential Public has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Prudential Public is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Prudential Public competitors beat Prudential Public on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Prudential Public Company Profile

Prudential Public Limited Company is an international financial services company. The Company offers a range of retail financial products and services and asset management services throughout these territories. The Company operates through Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities as well as collective investment schemes. Its insurance operations include Asia, the United States (Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson)) and the United Kingdom. Its asset management operations include Eastspring Investments, M&G and Prudential Capital.

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