MetLife (NYSE: MET) and Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, profitability, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Lincoln National Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. MetLife pays out -320.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Lincoln National Corporation pays out 18.2% 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. MetLife has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Lincoln National Corporation has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. MetLife is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.
Risk & Volatility
MetLife has a beta of 1.51, indicating that its stock price is 51% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lincoln National Corporation has a beta of 2.03, indicating that its stock price is 103% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
75.9% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.8% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Lincoln National Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for MetLife and Lincoln National Corporation, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Lincoln National Corporation||1||5||4||0||2.30|
MetLife presently has a consensus target price of $59.22, indicating a potential upside of 14.65%. Lincoln National Corporation has a consensus target price of $76.60, indicating a potential upside of 3.12%. Given MetLife’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MetLife is more favorable than Lincoln National Corporation.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares MetLife and Lincoln National Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|MetLife||$63.48 billion||0.86||$800.00 million||($0.50)||-103.30|
|Lincoln National Corporation||$13.33 billion||1.22||$1.19 billion||$6.39||11.62|
Lincoln National Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than MetLife. MetLife is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lincoln National Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares MetLife and Lincoln National Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Lincoln National Corporation||10.50%||11.16%||0.64%|
MetLife Company Profile
MetLife, Inc. is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses. Its Asia segment offers products, including life insurance; accident and health insurance, and retirement and savings products. Latin America offers products, including life insurance, and retirement and savings products. Life insurance includes universal, variable and term life products. EMEA offers products, including life insurance, accident and health insurance, retirement and savings products, and credit insurance.
Lincoln National Corporation Company Profile
Lincoln National Corporation is a holding company, which operates insurance and retirement businesses through subsidiary companies. The Company sells a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions, through its business segments. The Company operates through four segments: Annuities segment, which offers fixed (including indexed) and variable annuities; Retirement Plan Services segment, which provides employers with retirement plan products and services; Life Insurance segment, which focuses on the creation and protection of wealth through life insurance products, and Group Protection, which offers principally group non-medical insurance products. These products include fixed and indexed annuities, variable annuities, universal life insurance, variable universal life insurance, linked-benefit UL, term life insurance, indexed universal life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement plans and services, and group life, disability and dental.
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