Comparing Enstar Group (NASDAQ:ESGR) and Protective Insurance (NASDAQ:PTVCB)

Enstar Group (NASDAQ:ESGR) and Protective Insurance (NASDAQ:PTVCB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.

Risk & Volatility

Enstar Group has a beta of 0.74, meaning that its share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Protective Insurance has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its share price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Enstar Group and Protective Insurance’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Enstar Group $823.53 million 4.52 -$150.22 million N/A N/A
Protective Insurance $439.17 million 0.60 -$34.08 million N/A N/A

Protective Insurance has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Enstar Group.

Dividends

Protective Insurance pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Enstar Group does not pay a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Enstar Group and Protective Insurance’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enstar Group 16.11% 4.08% 0.89%
Protective Insurance -6.98% -5.19% -1.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Enstar Group and Protective Insurance, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enstar Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
Protective Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider & Institutional Ownership

71.0% of Enstar Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 48.2% of Protective Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. 9.4% of Enstar Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 27.3% of Protective Insurance shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Enstar Group beats Protective Insurance on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Enstar Group Company Profile

Enstar Group Limited acquires and manages insurance and reinsurance companies, and portfolios of insurance and reinsurance business in run-off. It operates in three segments: Non-Life Run-Off, Atrium, and StarStone. The Non-Life Run-Off segment engages in the running off property and casualty, and other non-life lines of businesses. It also provides consulting services, including claims inspection, claims validation, reinsurance asset collection, and IT consulting services to the insurance and reinsurance industry. The Atrium segment is involved in underwriting various classes, including marine, aviation, transit, property and casualty binding authorities, reinsurance, accident and health, and non marine direct and facultative. The StarStone segment offers a range of property, casualty, and specialty insurance products to multi-national, and small and middle-market clients. It operates in Bermuda, the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, and internationally. The company was formerly known as Castlewood Holdings Limited and changed its name to Enstar Group Limited in January 2007. Enstar Group Limited was founded in 2001 and is based in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Protective Insurance Company Profile

Protective Insurance Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in marketing and underwriting property and casualty insurance products. The company offers a range of fleet transportation insurance products, including commercial motor vehicle liability, physical damage, and general liability insurance; workers compensation insurance; medical and indemnity insurance products; non-trucking motor vehicle liability insurance; fidelity and surety bonds; and inland marine products consisting of cargo insurance. It also provides various additional services, such as risk surveys and analyses, safety program design and monitoring, government compliance assistance, loss control, and cost studies; research, development, and consultation in connection with new insurance programs that comprise development of systems to assist customers in monitoring their accident data; and claims handling services to clients with self-insurance programs. It serves trucking and public transportation fleets, as well as independent contractors in the trucking industry. The company primarily operates in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Protective Insurance Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

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