Comparing Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B (BWINB) and Protective Insurance (PTVCA)

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

47.5% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.5% of Protective Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.1% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 28.2% of Protective Insurance shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Protective Insurance’s gross revenue, earnings per share 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
Protective Insurance $439.17 million 0.53 -$34.08 million N/A N/A

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Protective Insurance.

Profitability

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Protective Insurance’s 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
Protective Insurance -6.98% -5.19% -1.34%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B and Protective Insurance, as provided 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
Protective Insurance 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Protective Insurance pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B beats Protective Insurance on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class B

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.

About Protective Insurance

Protective Insurance Corporation, 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. Protective Insurance Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

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