Analyzing Investors Title (ITIC) and Its Competitors

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

41.9% of Investors Title shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.2% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 27.5% of Investors Title shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.7% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held 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.

Risk & Volatility

Investors Title has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investors Title’s peers have a beta of 0.89, indicating that their average stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Investors Title and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Title 0 0 0 0 N/A
Investors Title Competitors 689 2401 2277 50 2.31

As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 6.21%. Given Investors Title’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Investors Title has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Investors Title and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Title $138.49 million $19.52 million 17.56
Investors Title Competitors $11.51 billion $1.16 billion 155.82

Investors Title’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Investors Title. Investors Title 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.

Dividends

Investors Title pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Investors Title pays out 14.3% 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 15.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Investors Title and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Title 13.22% 12.93% 8.87%
Investors Title Competitors 6.30% 1.64% 1.26%

Summary

Investors Title peers beat Investors Title on 7 of the 12 factors compared.

About Investors Title

Investors Title Company is an insurance holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC), is engaged in issuance of residential and commercial title insurance, Investors Title Insurance Company (ITIC) and National Investors Title Insurance Company (NITIC). The Company also provides tax-deferred real property exchange services through its subsidiaries, Investors Title Exchange Corporation (ITEC) and Investors Title Accommodation Corporation (ITAC); investment management and trust services to individuals, trusts and other entities through its subsidiary, Investors Trust Company (Investors Trust), and management services to title insurance agencies through its subsidiary, Investors Title Management Services (ITMS). In addition, the Company operates in the issuance of residential and commercial title insurance through ITIC and NITIC segment.

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