Head-To-Head Contrast: Athene (NYSE:ATH) & National Security Group (NYSE:NSEC)


Athene (NYSE:ATH) and National Security Group (NASDAQ:NSEC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Athene and National Security Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Athene $6.54 billion 1.28 $1.05 billion $5.82 7.79
National Security Group $64.86 million 0.59 $780,000.00 N/A N/A

Athene has higher revenue and earnings than National Security Group.

Profitability

This table compares Athene and National Security Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Athene 11.56% 10.45% 0.85%
National Security Group 1.86% 2.47% 0.82%

Risk & Volatility

Athene has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, National Security Group has a beta of -0.03, suggesting that its share price is 103% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

69.5% of Athene shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.4% of National Security Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 8.7% of Athene shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 38.2% of National Security Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Athene and National Security Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Athene 2 9 2.82
National Security Group N/A

Athene presently has a consensus price target of $54.11, suggesting a potential upside of 19.40%. Given Athene’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Athene is more favorable than National Security Group.

Summary

Athene beats National Security Group on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Athene

Athene Holding Ltd., a retirement services company, issues, reinsures, and acquires retirement savings products in the United States and Bermuda. It offers fixed deferred, immediate, and payout annuities; and funding agreements and pension risk transfer products to institutional investors. The company’s products are designed for individuals and institutions seeking to fund retirement needs. Athene Holding Ltd. was incorporated in 2008 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.

About National Security Group

The National Security Group, Inc., an insurance holding company, provides insurance products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment primarily underwrites home insurance coverage with primary lines of business consisting of dwelling fire and extended coverage, mobile homeowners, and other liability insurance services in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as operates on a surplus lines basis in the state of Louisiana. The Life Insurance segment offers ordinary life, accident and health, supplemental hospital, and cancer insurance products in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The company distributes its products through independent agents, home service agents, and brokers. The National Security Group, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Elba, Alabama.

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