Analyzing Fidelity and Guaranty Life (FGL) and The Phoenix Companies (PNX)

Fidelity and Guaranty Life (NYSE: FGL) and The Phoenix Companies (NYSE:PNX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Fidelity and Guaranty Life and The Phoenix Companies, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fidelity and Guaranty Life 0 2 0 0 2.00
The Phoenix Companies 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fidelity and Guaranty Life currently has a consensus target price of $26.40, suggesting a potential downside of 15.25%. Given Fidelity and Guaranty Life’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Fidelity and Guaranty Life is more favorable than The Phoenix Companies.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

23.4% of Fidelity and Guaranty Life shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of Fidelity and Guaranty Life shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fidelity and Guaranty Life and The Phoenix Companies’ top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fidelity and Guaranty Life $1.41 billion 1.29 $550.00 million $3.29 9.47
The Phoenix Companies N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fidelity and Guaranty Life has higher revenue and earnings than The Phoenix Companies.

Profitability

This table compares Fidelity and Guaranty Life and The Phoenix Companies’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fidelity and Guaranty Life 13.61% 8.00% 0.55%
The Phoenix Companies -10.34% -121.92% -0.83%

Dividends

Fidelity and Guaranty Life pays an annual dividend of $0.26 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. The Phoenix Companies does not pay a dividend. Fidelity and Guaranty Life pays out 7.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Fidelity and Guaranty Life beats The Phoenix Companies on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fidelity and Guaranty Life Company Profile

Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) is a holding company focused on obtaining controlling equity stakes in companies that operate across various industries. FGL’s primary business is the sale of individual life insurance products and annuities through independent agents, managing general agents, and specialty brokerage firms and in selected institutional markets. FGL’s principal products are deferred annuities (including fixed indexed annuity (FIA) contracts), immediate annuities and life insurance products. FGL markets products through its insurance subsidiaries, Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company (FGL Insurance) and Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company of New York (FGL NY Insurance). It distributes and services primarily fixed rate annuities, including FIAs. The Company provides FIA’s for pre-retirement wealth accumulation and post-retirement income management. Its life insurance provides wealth protection and transfer opportunities through indexed universal life products.

The Phoenix Companies Company Profile

The Phoenix Companies, Inc. (Phoenix) is a holding company. The Company’s operating subsidiaries provide life insurance and annuity products through independent agents and financial advisors. Phoenix operates through two segments: Life and Annuity, and Saybrus. The Life and Annuity segment includes individual life insurance and annuity products, including its closed block. The Saybrus segment provides dedicated life insurance and other consulting services to financial advisors in partner companies, as well as support for sales of Phoenix’s product line through independent distribution organizations. Its Annuities products include Fixed Indexed Annuities, Fixed Annuities, Single Premium Immediate Annuities and Variable Annuities. Its Life Insurance products include Whole Life, Universal Life, Indexed Universal Life, Variable Universal Life and Term. Its target markets consist of middle market, and mass affluent families and individuals planning for or living in retirement.

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