Analyzing Essent Group (ESNT) and Its Peers
Essent Group (NYSE: ESNT) is one of 92 public companies in the “Property & Casualty Insurance” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Essent Group to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.
This table compares Essent Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Essent Group Competitors||9.69%||5.04%||2.66%|
Volatility & Risk
Essent Group has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its share price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Essent Group’s peers have a beta of 0.93, meaning that their average share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Essent Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Essent Group Competitors||622||2280||2170||45||2.32|
Essent Group currently has a consensus target price of $44.86, suggesting a potential upside of 5.25%. As a group, “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies have a potential downside of 0.31%. Given Essent Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Essent Group is more favorable than its peers.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Essent Group and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Essent Group||$512.83 million||$362.45 million||15.11|
|Essent Group Competitors||$11.75 billion||$2.00 billion||39.55|
Essent Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Essent Group. Essent Group 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.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
81.6% of Essent Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 60.8% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies are held by institutional investors. 18.1% of Essent Group shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 15.5% of shares of all “Property & Casualty Insurance” companies 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.
Essent Group beats its peers on 9 of the 13 factors compared.
About Essent Group
Essent Group Ltd. is a private mortgage insurance company. The Company is engaged in offering private mortgage insurance and reinsurance for mortgages secured by residential properties located in the United States. Its products and services include mortgage insurance, contract underwriting, and Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance. The Company’s primary mortgage insurance is offered to customers on individual loans at the time of origination on a flow basis, but can also be written in bulk transactions. Its pool insurance provides additional credit enhancement for certain secondary market and other mortgage transactions. The primary mortgage insurance operations were conducted through Essent Guaranty, Inc. which is a mortgage insurer licensed to write mortgage insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as of December 31, 2016. It offers primary mortgage insurance, pool insurance and master policy. It provides contract underwriting services through CUW Solutions, LLC.
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