Conifer Holdings (CNFR) vs. Markel Corporation (MKL) Head to Head Contrast

Conifer Holdings (NASDAQ: CNFR) and Markel Corporation (NYSE:MKL) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

Conifer Holdings has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Markel Corporation has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its share price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Conifer Holdings and Markel Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Conifer Holdings -8.65% -14.14% -4.74%
Markel Corporation 7.58% 4.81% 1.57%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Conifer Holdings and Markel Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Conifer Holdings $100.97 million 0.51 -$7.78 million ($1.15) -5.91
Markel Corporation $5.75 billion 2.49 $948.88 million $28.92 35.58

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

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Conifer Holdings and Markel Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Conifer Holdings 0 1 0 0 2.00
Markel Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50

Markel Corporation has a consensus price target of $1,050.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.05%. Given Markel Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Markel Corporation is more favorable than Conifer Holdings.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

28.9% of Conifer Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.6% of Markel Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 45.5% of Conifer Holdings shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Markel Corporation shares are held by 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

Markel Corporation beats Conifer Holdings on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Conifer Holdings Company Profile

Conifer Holdings, Inc. is an insurance holding company. Through its insurance company subsidiaries, the Company offers insurance coverage in both specialty commercial and specialty personal product lines. It operates through two segments: commercial lines and personal lines. It is engaged in underwriting and marketing insurance coverage, and administering claims processing for such policies. The Company offers coverage for property, liability, automobile, and other miscellaneous coverage primarily to owner-operated small and mid-sized businesses, professional organizations and hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, bars and taverns. The Company offers coverage for low-value dwelling, wind-exposed homeowners and automobile. Its personal lines products include Catastrophe coverage, including hurricane and wind coverage, to underserved homeowners in Florida, Hawaii and Texas, and Dwelling insurance.

Markel Corporation Company Profile

Markel Corporation is a financial holding company serving a range of markets. The Company’s principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. It monitors and reports its ongoing underwriting operations in three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company, through its subsidiary Markel Ventures, Inc. (Markel Ventures), owns interests in various industrial and service businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace. The U.S. Insurance segment includes all direct business and facultative placements written by its insurance subsidiaries domiciled in the United States. The International Insurance segment includes all direct business and facultative placements written by its insurance subsidiaries domiciled outside of the United States, including its syndicate at Lloyd’s of London (Lloyd’s). The Reinsurance segment includes all treaty reinsurance written across the Company.

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