The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) and The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) are both Financial companies that recently hit new highs. The recent price action of these companies has left many investors wondering what actions to take. To determine if one is a better investment than the other, we will compare the two names across various metrics, including growth, profitability, risk, return, dividends, and valuation.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV) operates in the Property & Casualty Insurance segment of the Financial sector. The company has grown sales at a 1.70% annual rate over the past five years, putting it in the low growth category. TRV has a net profit margin of 9.90% and is more profitable than the average company in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry. In terms of efficiency, TRV has an asset turnover ratio of 0.28. This figure represents the amount of revenue a company generates per dollar of assets. TRV’s financial leverage ratio is 3.32, which indicates that the company’s asset base is primarily funded by debt. Company’s return on equity, which is really just the product of the company’s profit margin, asset turnover, and financial leverage ratios, is 12.10%, which is better than the Property & Casualty Insurance industry average ROE.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) pays out an annual dividend of 2.88 per share. At the current valuation, this equates to a dividend yield of 2.05%. The company has a payout ratio of 26.50%. TRV’s current dividend therefore should be sustainable. Stock’s free cash flow yield, which represents the amount of cash available to investors before dividends, expressed as a percentage of the stock price, is 0. All else equal, companies with higher FCF yields are viewed as cheaper. Company trades at a P/E ratio of 16.28, and is more expensive than the average stock in the Property & Casualty Insurance industry. The average investment recommendation for TRV, taken from a group of Wall Street Analysts, is 2.60, or a hold.
Over the past three months, The Travelers Companies, Inc. insiders have been net buyers, dumping a net of -167,996 shares. This implies that insiders have been feeling relatively bearish about the outlook for TRV. Insider activity and sentiment signals are important to monitor because they can shed light on how “risky” a stock is perceived to be at it’s current valuation. Knowing this, it makes sense to look at beta, a measure of market risk. TRV has a beta of 1.26 and therefore an above average level of market volatility.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) operates in the Property & Casualty Insurance segment of the Financial sector. ALL has increased sales at a 2.10% CAGR over the past five years, and is considered a low growth stock. The company has a net profit margin of 6.60% and is more profitable than the average Property & Casualty Insurance player. ALL’s asset turnover ratio is 0.36 and the company has financial leverage of 4.14. ALL’s return on equity of 12.90% is better than the Property & Casualty Insurance industry average.
The Allstate Corporation (ALL) pays a dividend of 1.84, which translates to dividend yield of 1.94% based on the current price. Stock has a payout ratio of 19.80%. According to this ratio, ALL should be able to continue making payouts at these levels. The company trades at a free cash flow yield of 2.47 and has a P/E of 13.20. Compared to the average company in the 15.61 space, ALL is relatively cheap. The average analyst recommendation for ALL is 2.50, or a hold. The average analyst recommendation for ALL is 2.50, or a hold.
The Allstate Corporation insiders have sold a net of -54,944 shares during the past three months, which implies that the company’s top executives have been feeling bearish about the stock’s outlook. Finally, ALL’s beta of 0.97 indicates that the stock has an above average level of market risk.
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ALL) scores higher than The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:TRV) on 9 of the 13 measures compared between the two companies. ALL has the better fundamentals, scoring higher on growth, efficiency and return metrics. ALL wins on valuation measures. ALL has better insider activity and sentiment signals.