Citizens Financial (OTCMKTS:CFIN) and Unum Group (NYSE:UNM) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
90.4% of Unum Group shares are held by institutional investors. 59.4% of Citizens Financial shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 0.4% of Unum Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Citizens Financial and Unum Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Unum Group has a consensus target price of $53.82, indicating a potential upside of 51.77%. Given Unum Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Unum Group is more favorable than Citizens Financial.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Citizens Financial and Unum Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Unum Group||$11.29 billion||0.69||$994.20 million||$4.29||8.27|
Unum Group has higher revenue and earnings than Citizens Financial.
Risk & Volatility
Citizens Financial has a beta of -0.36, indicating that its share price is 136% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Unum Group has a beta of 1.32, indicating that its share price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Citizens Financial and Unum Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Unum Group pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Citizens Financial does not pay a dividend. Unum Group pays out 24.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Unum Group has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years.
Unum Group beats Citizens Financial on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Citizens Financial
Citizens Financial Corporation, through its subsidiary, provides ancillary health insurance products. It also offers administrative services to medical professionals involved in providing on-site treatment to patients in community settings. The company offers group ancillary insurance products, including group dental, group vision, and group life insurance; and individual ancillary insurance products, such as individual dental and individual vision insurance to the senior market. Citizens Financial Corporation was incorporated in 1990 and is based in Louisville, Kentucky.
About Unum Group
Unum Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial protection benefit solutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, and internationally. It operates through Unum US, Unum UK, Colonial Life, and Closed Block segments. The company offers group long-term and short-term disability, group life, and accidental death and dismemberment products; supplemental and voluntary products, such as individual disability, voluntary benefits, and dental and vision products; and accident, sickness, disability, life, and cancer and critical illness products. It also provides group pension, individual life and corporate-owned life insurance, reinsurance pools and management operations, and other products. The company sells its products primarily to employers for the benefit of employees. Unum Group sells its products through field sales personnel, independent brokers, and consultants, as well as independent contractor agency sales force. The company was founded in 1848 and is based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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