Reviewing AXA Equitable (EQH) & The Competition

AXA Equitable (NYSE: EQH) is one of 19 publicly-traded companies in the “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare AXA Equitable to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, profitability, institutional ownership and dividends.

Dividends

AXA Equitable pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. AXA Equitable pays out 13.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 32.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. AXA Equitable is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Profitability

This table compares AXA Equitable and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AXA Equitable N/A N/A N/A
AXA Equitable Competitors 7.10% 18.05% 9.00%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for AXA Equitable and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AXA Equitable 0 5 8 0 2.62
AXA Equitable Competitors 191 689 775 40 2.39

AXA Equitable currently has a consensus price target of $24.42, indicating a potential upside of 8.04%. As a group, “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies have a potential upside of 10.08%. Given AXA Equitable’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AXA Equitable has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AXA Equitable and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AXA Equitable $12.08 billion N/A 5.81
AXA Equitable Competitors $13.74 billion $1.05 billion 32.85

AXA Equitable’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than AXA Equitable. AXA Equitable is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.0% of AXA Equitable shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.0% of shares of all “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of AXA Equitable shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 23.2% of shares of all “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

AXA Equitable peers beat AXA Equitable on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

AXA Equitable Company Profile

AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Individual Retirement, Group Retirement, Investment Management and Research, and Protection Solutions. The Individual Retirement segment offers a suite of variable annuity products primarily to affluent and high net worth individuals. The Group Retirement segment provides tax-deferred investment and retirement services or products to plans sponsored by educational entities, municipalities, and not-for-profit entities, as well as small and medium-sized businesses. The Investment Management and Research segment offers diversified investment management, research, and related solutions to a range of clients through institutional, retail, and private wealth management channels; and distributes its institutional research products and solutions. The Protection Solutions segment provides a range of universal life, indexed universal life, and term life products to help affluent and high net worth individuals, as well as small and medium-sized business owners; and a suite of life, short- and long-term disability, dental, and vision insurance products to small and medium-size businesses. The company was founded in 1859 and is based in New York, New York. AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc. is a subsidiary of AXA S.A.

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