Head to Head Comparison: Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (NASDAQ:BWINB) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares (NASDAQ:FRFHF)

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (NASDAQ:BWINB) and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares (OTCMKTS:FRFHF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares $17.76 billion 0.69 $376.00 million N/A N/A

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares has higher revenue and earnings than Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

47.5% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.1% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B N/A N/A N/A
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares 4.53% 4.58% 1.12%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B 0 0 0 0 N/A
Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares 0 0 1 0 3.00

Dividends

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share. Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares pays an annual dividend of $10.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Summary

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares beats Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B on 6 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B Company Profile

Baldwin & Lyons, Inc., 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. Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd Subordinate Voting Shares Company Profile

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, and investment management services in the United States, Canada, Asia, and internationally. The company also underwrites specialty insurance and reinsurance; develops, produces, markets, and distributes television programs; and franchises, owns, and operates dining restaurants and holiday resorts. In addition, it is involved in the provision of pet medical insurance and database services; retail of tableware and gifts, and home improvement goods, as well as sporting goods and sports apparel comprising golf equipment, consumables, and athletic apparel and accessories; investment of real estate; and provision of integrated travel and travel-related financial services. The company was formerly known as Markel Financial Holdings Limited and changed its name to Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited in 1987. Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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