Head-To-Head Analysis: Loews Corporation (L) vs. Its Rivals

Loews Corporation (NYSE: L) is one of 87 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Loews Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, risk and profitability.

Dividends

Loews Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. Loews Corporation pays out 8.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.3% and pay out 13.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Loews Corporation has a beta of 0.75, indicating that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Loews Corporation’s competitors have a beta of 0.90, indicating that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Loews Corporation and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Loews Corporation 7.04% 4.08% 1.25%
Loews Corporation Competitors 9.05% 3.36% 2.20%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Loews Corporation and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Loews Corporation $13.11 billion $654.00 million 17.77
Loews Corporation Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 213.42

Loews Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. Loews Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Loews Corporation and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Loews Corporation 1 0 0 0 1.00
Loews Corporation Competitors 629 2324 2198 45 2.32

Loews Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $35.00, indicating a potential downside of 29.92%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 6.23%. Given Loews Corporation’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Loews Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

58.6% of Loews Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of Loews Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Loews Corporation competitors beat Loews Corporation on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Loews Corporation Company Profile

Loews Corporation is a holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in commercial property and casualty insurance; operation of offshore oil and gas drilling rigs; transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids, and operation of a chain of hotels. The Company has five segments consisted of its four individual operating subsidiaries, CNA Financial Corporation (CNA), Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. (Diamond Offshore), Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (Boardwalk Pipeline) and Loews Hotels Holding Corporation (Loews Hotels), and the Corporate segment. CNA’s insurance products include commercial property and casualty coverages, including surety. CNA’s services include risk management, information services, warranty and claims administration. CNA’s core business, commercial property and casualty insurance operations include Specialty, Commercial and International lines of business.

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