Reviewing Alterra Capital (ALTE) and Its Rivals

Alterra Capital (NASDAQ: ALTE) is one of 86 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Alterra Capital to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Alterra Capital and its peers, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Alterra Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A
Alterra Capital Competitors 656 2397 2272 50 2.32

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 2.99%. Given Alterra Capital’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Alterra Capital has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Alterra Capital and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Alterra Capital N/A N/A 0.55
Alterra Capital Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 243.00

Alterra Capital’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Alterra Capital. Alterra Capital is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

60.2% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 15.6% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares Alterra Capital and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Alterra Capital N/A N/A N/A
Alterra Capital Competitors 6.35% 1.66% 1.25%


Alterra Capital peers beat Alterra Capital on 8 of the 8 factors compared.

Alterra Capital Company Profile

Alterra Capital Holdings Limited (Alterra) is engaged in providing diversified specialty insurance and reinsurance products to corporations, public entities and property and casualty insurers. In Bermuda, the Company conducts its insurance and reinsurance operations through Alterra Bermuda. In Europe, the Company conducts its non-Lloyd’s operations primarily from Dublin, Ireland through Alterra Europe. In the United States, the Company’s U.S. reinsurance operations are conducted through Alterra Re USA, a Connecticut-domiciled reinsurance company. The Company’s U.S. insurance operations are conducted through Alterra E&S. In Latin America, the Company provides reinsurance to clients through Alterra at Lloyd’s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, using Lloyd’s admitted status, through Alterra Europe. In June 2012, the Company formed New Point V Limited. On May 1, 2013, Alterra Capital was acquired by Markel Corporation.

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