AON (NYSE:AON) & The Competition Head-To-Head Review

AON (NYSE: AON) is one of 19 public companies in the “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare AON to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares AON and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AON 11.08% 46.15% 7.68%
AON Competitors 7.12% 17.65% 9.33%

Dividends

AON pays an annual dividend of $1.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. AON pays out 21.6% 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 34.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. AON has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for AON and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AON 0 7 5 0 2.42
AON Competitors 194 699 792 43 2.40

AON currently has a consensus target price of $173.22, suggesting a potential downside of 3.28%. As a group, “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies have a potential upside of 14.27%. Given AON’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe AON has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares AON and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
AON $10.77 billion $1.13 billion 21.95
AON Competitors $13.74 billion $1.05 billion 36.37

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

84.8% of AON shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of shares of all “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of AON shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 26.0% of shares of all “Insurance agents, brokers, & service” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

AON has a beta of 0.94, meaning that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AON’s competitors have a beta of 0.83, meaning that their average stock price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

AON competitors beat AON on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About AON

Aon plc, a professional services firm, provides advisory and solutions based on risk, retirement, and health to clients. It offers commercial risk solutions, including retail brokerage, cyber, and global risk consulting solutions, as well as acts as a captive insurance provider; and health solutions, such as health and benefits brokerages, and health care exchanges. The company also provides reinsurance solutions, such as treaty and facultative reinsurance, as well as investment banking services, including mergers and acquisition, capital raising, strategic advisory, restructuring, and recapitalization services; insurance-linked securities; and corporate finance advisory services, capital markets solutions, and risk management products. In addition, it develops, markets, and administers customized insurance programs and specialty market solutions for organizations, and their members or affiliates; operates the Global Risk Insight Platform, which provides data, analytics, engagement, and consulting services; and offers ReView that provides advisory, analysis, and benchmarking services to help reinsurers. Aon plc was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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