Reviewing Cna Financial (CNA) & Employers (EIG)

Cna Financial (NYSE: CNA) and Employers (NYSE:EIG) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

99.7% of Cna Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.4% of Employers shares are held by institutional investors. 0.5% of Cna Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.5% of Employers shares 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Cna Financial and Employers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cna Financial 0 2 0 0 2.00
Employers 1 0 1 0 2.00

Cna Financial currently has a consensus price target of $50.50, indicating a potential downside of 6.41%. Employers has a consensus price target of $44.50, indicating a potential upside of 1.71%. Given Employers’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Employers is more favorable than Cna Financial.

Profitability

This table compares Cna Financial and Employers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cna Financial 9.67% 7.14% 1.53%
Employers 13.32% 10.39% 2.40%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cna Financial and Employers’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cna Financial $9.37 billion 1.56 $859.00 million $3.38 15.96
Employers $779.80 million 1.82 $106.70 million $3.19 13.71

Cna Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Employers. Employers is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cna Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Cna Financial pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Employers pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Cna Financial pays out 35.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Employers pays out 18.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Employers has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Cna Financial has a beta of 1.32, suggesting that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Employers has a beta of 1.14, suggesting that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Employers beats Cna Financial on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cna Financial

CNA Financial Corporation is an insurance holding company. The Company’s segments include Specialty, Commercial, International, Life & Group Non-Core, and Corporate & Other Non-Core. Its Specialty segment provides a range of professional, financial, and specialty property, and casualty products and services. The Commercial segment includes property and casualty insurance products and services to small, middle-market and large businesses. Its International segment provides management and professional liability coverages, as well as a range of other property and casualty insurance products and services. The Life & Group Non-Core segment primarily includes the results of its individual and group long term care businesses that are in run-off. Its Corporate & Other Non-Core segment primarily includes certain corporate expenses, including interest on corporate debt, and the results of certain property and casualty business in run-off.

About Employers

Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company. Through its insurance subsidiaries, the Company provides workers’ compensation insurance coverage to select, small businesses in low to medium hazard industries. It provides workers’ compensation insurance under a statutory system wherein employers are required to provide coverage for their employees’ medical, disability, vocational rehabilitation, and/or death benefit costs for work-related injuries or illnesses. As of December 31, 2016 the Company provided workers’ compensation insurance in 36 states and the District of Columbia, with a concentration in California. Its insurance subsidiaries include Employers Insurance Company of Nevada (EICN), Employers Compensation Insurance Company (ECIC), Employers Preferred Insurance Company (EPIC) and Employers Assurance Company (EAC). The Company’s insurance products are jointly offered and marketed with and through its partners and alliances.

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