Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (HIG) vs. Its Competitors Financial Contrast

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE: HIG) is one of 24 publicly-traded companies in the “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Dividends

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) pays out 70.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 51.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The)’s competitors have a beta of 1.36, indicating that their average stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) 0 4 6 0 2.60
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) Competitors 110 792 839 21 2.44

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) presently has a consensus price target of $56.60, suggesting a potential upside of 1.36%. As a group, “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies have a potential downside of 3.35%. Given Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) is more favorable than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) $18.30 billion $896.00 million 42.63
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) Competitors $11.13 billion $534.17 million 206.45

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) has higher revenue and earnings than its competitors. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) 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.

Profitability

This table compares Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) 2.63% 8.21% 0.62%
Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) Competitors 7.35% 11.21% 2.50%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

88.3% of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Multiline Insurance & Brokers” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) competitors beat Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The) on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (The)

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. is a holding company for insurance and financial services subsidiaries. The Company’s segments include Commercial Lines, which provides workers’ compensation, property, automobile, marine, livestock, liability and umbrella coverages primarily throughout the United States; Personal Lines, which provides automobile, homeowners and personal umbrella coverages to individuals across the United States; Group Benefits, which provides group life, accident and disability coverage, and other products and services; Property & Casualty Other Operations, which includes certain property and casualty operations; Mutual Funds, which provides investment management, administration, product distribution and related services to investors; Talcott Resolution, which consists of the run-off of the Company’s the United States individual and institutional annuity, and Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) businesses, and Corporate.

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