XL Group (XL) and OneBeacon Insurance Group (OB) Head-To-Head Analysis

XL Group (NYSE: XL) and OneBeacon Insurance Group (NYSE:OB) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings and profitability.

Dividends

XL Group pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. OneBeacon Insurance Group pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. XL Group pays out -71.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. OneBeacon Insurance Group pays out 116.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. OneBeacon Insurance Group has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. OneBeacon Insurance Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Volatility & Risk

XL Group has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, OneBeacon Insurance Group has a beta of 0.57, meaning that its share price is 43% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares XL Group and OneBeacon Insurance Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
XL Group $10.55 billion 0.90 $440.96 million ($1.23) -29.98
OneBeacon Insurance Group N/A N/A N/A $0.72 25.13

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.1% of XL Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 17.3% of OneBeacon Insurance Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of XL Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 76.6% of OneBeacon Insurance Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares XL Group and OneBeacon Insurance Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
XL Group -2.51% -4.03% -0.83%
OneBeacon Insurance Group 0.10% -0.12% 0.03%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for XL Group and OneBeacon Insurance Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
XL Group 1 6 6 0 2.38
OneBeacon Insurance Group 0 0 0 0 N/A

XL Group presently has a consensus price target of $44.91, indicating a potential upside of 21.80%. Given XL Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe XL Group is more favorable than OneBeacon Insurance Group.

Summary

OneBeacon Insurance Group beats XL Group on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

XL Group Company Profile

XL Group plc is an insurance and reinsurance company providing property, casualty and specialty products to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises. The Company operates through two segments: Insurance and Reinsurance. The Company’s Insurance segment is organized into four product divisions: Global Casualty (Casualty); Global Energy Property, & Construction (EPC); Global Professional (Professional), and Global Specialty (Specialty). Its insurance operations provide insurance policies for corporate risks that may require large limits, use of a captive insurance company and the need for a program of locally issued policies. The Reinsurance segment provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines on a global basis with business being written on both a proportional and non-proportional treaty basis, and also on a facultative basis.

OneBeacon Insurance Group Company Profile

OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd. (OneBeacon) is a specialty property and casualty insurance writer that offers a range of insurance products in the United States. The Company’s segments include Specialty Products, Specialty Industries, and Investing, Financing and Corporate. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Products segment consisted of 10 underwriting operating segments representing an aggregation based on those that offer products, coverages and services to customers across the United States. As of December 31, 2016, the Specialty Industries segment consisted of six underwriting operating segments representing an aggregation based on those that focus on solving the needs of a particular customer or industry group. The Investing, Financing and Corporate segment includes the investing and financing activities for OneBeacon on a consolidated basis, and certain other activities conducted through the Company and its intermediate subsidiaries.

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