Critical Review: Prudential Public (NYSE:PUK) versus Its Competitors

Prudential Public (NYSE: PUK) is one of 25 public companies in the “Life & Health Insurance” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Prudential Public to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and risk.

Dividends

Prudential Public pays an annual dividend of $0.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 23.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Prudential Public and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Prudential Public N/A N/A N/A
Prudential Public Competitors 6.40% 3.71% 1.31%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Prudential Public and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Prudential Public 0 1 1 0 2.50
Prudential Public Competitors 243 1194 1790 89 2.52

As a group, “Life & Health Insurance” companies have a potential upside of 13.95%. Given Prudential Public’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Prudential Public has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.6% of Prudential Public shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 68.9% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.6% of shares of all “Life & Health Insurance” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Prudential Public and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Prudential Public $97.42 billion $2.60 billion N/A
Prudential Public Competitors $26.50 billion $1.44 billion -412.27

Prudential Public has higher revenue and earnings than its peers.

Risk & Volatility

Prudential Public has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Prudential Public’s peers have a beta of 1.19, suggesting that their average share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Prudential Public peers beat Prudential Public on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Prudential Public

Prudential Public Limited Company is an international financial services company. The Company offers a range of retail financial products and services and asset management services throughout these territories. The Company operates through Insurance operations and Asset management operations. The retail financial products and services include life insurance, pensions and annuities as well as collective investment schemes. Its insurance operations include Asia, the United States (Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson)) and the United Kingdom. Its asset management operations include Eastspring Investments, M&G and Prudential Capital.

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