ICC (NASDAQ:ICCH) and Kingstone Companies (NASDAQ:KINS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
9.7% of ICC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.7% of Kingstone Companies shares are owned by institutional investors. 25.4% of ICC shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.3% of Kingstone Companies shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Kingstone Companies pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. ICC does not pay a dividend. Kingstone Companies pays out 42.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Kingstone Companies has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.
Risk and Volatility
ICC has a beta of -0.07, suggesting that its share price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kingstone Companies has a beta of 1.21, suggesting that its share price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for ICC and Kingstone Companies, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Kingstone Companies has a consensus price target of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 23.46%. Given Kingstone Companies’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Kingstone Companies is more favorable than ICC.
This table compares ICC and Kingstone Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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Valuation & Earnings
This table compares ICC and Kingstone Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Kingstone Companies||$92.77 million||1.88||$9.98 million||$0.94||17.23|
Kingstone Companies has higher revenue and earnings than ICC.
Kingstone Companies beats ICC on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.
ICC Company Profile
ICC Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Illinois Casualty Company, provides property and casualty insurance products to the food and beverage industry in the United States. The company offers commercial multi-peril, liquor liability, workers' compensation, and umbrella liability insurance products. It also rents real estate properties. The company markets its products through a network of 160 independent agents in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. ICC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois.
Kingstone Companies Company Profile
Kingstone Companies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Kingstone Insurance Company, underwrites property and casualty insurance products to small businesses and individuals in New York. The company provides personal lines insurance products, such as homeowners and dwelling fire multi-peril, cooperative/condominium, renter, and personal umbrella policies. It also offers commercial liability policies comprising business owners policies, such as small business retail, service, and office risks without residential exposure to business owners; artisan's liability policies for small independent contractors; special multi-peril policies for business owners risks; and commercial umbrella policies. In addition, the company provides for-hire vehicle physical damage only policies for livery and car service vehicles and taxicabs; and canine legal liability policies, as well as reinsurance products. Kingstone Companies, Inc. sells its products through independent retail, and wholesale agents and brokers. The company was formerly known as DCAP Group, Inc. and changed its name to Kingstone Companies, Inc. in July 2009. Kingstone Companies, Inc. was founded in 1886 and is based in Kingston, New York.
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