Comparing Brighthouse Financial (BHF) & Athene (ATH)

Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ: BHF) and Athene (NYSE:ATH) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Brighthouse Financial and Athene’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Brighthouse Financial -1.25% 5.93% 0.39%
Athene 16.41% 12.75% 1.16%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Brighthouse Financial and Athene’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Brighthouse Financial $6.84 billion 0.83 -$378.00 million N/A N/A
Athene $8.73 billion 1.06 $1.45 billion $5.66 8.19

Athene has higher revenue and earnings than Brighthouse Financial.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

85.6% of Brighthouse Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.2% of Athene shares are held by institutional investors. 0.0% of Brighthouse Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.5% of Athene shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Brighthouse Financial and Athene, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Brighthouse Financial 3 12 2 0 1.94
Athene 0 3 10 0 2.77

Brighthouse Financial presently has a consensus price target of $63.13, indicating a potential upside of 33.81%. Athene has a consensus price target of $63.60, indicating a potential upside of 37.25%. Given Athene’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Athene is more favorable than Brighthouse Financial.

Summary

Athene beats Brighthouse Financial on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Brighthouse Financial Company Profile

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. provides a range of annuity and life insurance products in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Annuities, Life, and Run-off. It offers variable, fixed, index-linked, and income annuities for contract holders' needs for protected wealth accumulation on a tax-deferred basis, wealth transfer, and income security; and term, whole, universal, and variable life insurance products for policyholders' needs for financial security and protected wealth transfer. The company was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Athene Company Profile

Athene Holding Ltd., a retirement services company, issues, reinsures, and acquires retirement savings products in the United States, the District of Columbia, and Germany. It offers fixed deferred, immediate, and payout annuities; and funding agreements and pension risk transfer products to institutional investors. The company's products are designed for individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. Athene Holding Ltd. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.

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