Financial Review: Investors Title (ITIC) versus The Competition

Investors Title (NASDAQ: ITIC) is one of 84 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Investors Title to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and risk.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Title and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Title 15.90% 12.28% 8.45%
Investors Title Competitors 7.06% 1.44% 1.25%

Risk & Volatility

Investors Title has a beta of 0.69, indicating that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investors Title’s peers have a beta of 0.84, indicating that their average stock price is 16% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Investors Title and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Title 0 0 0 0 N/A
Investors Title Competitors 665 2335 2181 55 2.31

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 0.43%. Given Investors Title’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Investors Title has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Investors Title pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Investors Title pays out 11.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 14.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

41.9% of Investors Title shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.3% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.5% of Investors Title shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Investors Title and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Title $161.65 million $19.52 million 14.02
Investors Title Competitors $11.60 billion $1.12 billion -38.01

Investors Title’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Investors Title. Investors Title 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.

About Investors Title

Investors Title Company is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC), is engaged in issuance of residential and commercial title insurance, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC). The Company also provides tax-deferred real property exchange services through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Exchange Corporation (ITEC) and Investors Title Accommodation Corporation (ITAC); investment management and trust services to individuals, trusts and other entities through its subsidiary, Investors Trust Company (Investors Trust), and management services to title insurance agencies through its subsidiary, Investors Title Management Services (ITMS). In addition, the Company operates in the issuance of residential and commercial title insurance through ITIC and NITIC segment.

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