Head-To-Head Analysis: CNA Financial Corporation (CNA) versus Its Peers

CNA Financial Corporation (NYSE: CNA) is one of 92 publicly-traded companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare CNA Financial Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CNA Financial Corporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
CNA Financial Corporation $9.52 billion $1.75 billion 11.77
CNA Financial Corporation Competitors $11.75 billion $2.00 billion 35.39

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

Volatility and Risk

CNA Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.24, suggesting that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, CNA Financial Corporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.93, suggesting that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

99.6% of CNA Financial Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.9% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of CNA Financial Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are owned 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.

Profitability

This table compares CNA Financial Corporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CNA Financial Corporation 11.72% 8.40% 1.80%
CNA Financial Corporation Competitors 10.15% 5.36% 2.73%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for CNA Financial Corporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CNA Financial Corporation 0 3 0 0 2.00
CNA Financial Corporation Competitors 718 2531 2241 70 2.30

CNA Financial Corporation currently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential downside of 6.99%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 3.49%. Given CNA Financial Corporation’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe CNA Financial Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

CNA Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. CNA Financial Corporation pays out 29.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.4% and pay out 26.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

CNA Financial Corporation rivals beat CNA Financial Corporation on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

CNA Financial Corporation Company Profile

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.

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