Critical Survey: Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (BWINB) vs. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B (BRK.B)

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (NASDAQ: BWINB) and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B (NYSE:BRK.B) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B’s top-line 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 $371.23 million 0.95 $18.32 million N/A N/A
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B $242.14 billion 2.11 $44.94 billion $5.86 35.26

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B has higher revenue and earnings than Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B.

Dividends

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B does not pay a dividend. Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its share price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B has a beta of 0.9, meaning that its share price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B 0 0 0 0 N/A
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B 0 1 1 0 2.50

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B has a consensus price target of $210.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.63%. Given Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B is more favorable than Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

47.5% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 36.2% of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B shares are held by institutional investors. 38.1% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.0% of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B 3.07% -0.83% -0.26%
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B 19.78% 5.51% 2.71%

Summary

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B beats Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B on 9 of the 13 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.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B Company Profile

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is a holding company owning subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. Its segments include Insurance, such as GEICO, Berkshire Hathaway Primary Group, General Re Corporation and Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group; Burlington Northern Santa Fe, LLC, which is engaged in the operation of the railroad system; Berkshire Hathaway Energy, which includes regulated electric and gas utility; Manufacturing, which includes manufacturers of various products, including industrial, consumer and building products; McLane Company, which is engaged in the wholesale distribution of groceries and non-food items; Service and retailing, which includes providers of various services, including fractional aircraft ownership programs, aviation pilot training and various retailing businesses, and Finance and financial products, which includes manufactured housing and related consumer financing, transportation equipment, manufacturing and leasing, and furniture leasing.

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