Global Indemnity: A Strong Buy - Analyst Blog

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On Feb 26, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Global Indemnity Plc ( GBLI ) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) from a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Why the Upgrade?

Global Indemnity has been experiencing rising earnings estimates on the back of improved fourth-quarter 2013 results. Additionally, this property-casualty insurer delivered positive earnings surprises in all of the last 4 quarters with an average beat of 45.5%.

On Feb 20, Global Indemnity reported fourth-quarter 2013 operating earnings per share of 76 cents, which significantly topped the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 31 cents. Results also outpaced the year-ago quarter earnings of 18 cents a share.

Top-line growth of 41.3% over the prior-quarter more than offset the hike in underwriting and operating expenses. Additionally, a plunge in loss and loss adjusted expenses and interest costs helped improve combined ratio to 85.5% from 106.7% in the year-ago quarter.

An escalation in a new business, agent relationships and price hikes are driving the core insurance and reinsurance operations, although low interest rate environment undermines the investment portfolio.

A healthy cash and capital position further strengthens the company's outlook, as reflected by growth in book value per share. Overall, a diversified business mix, prudent risk management and benign catastrophe losses score well with the investors, reflecting strong long-term growth potential.

Based on Global Indemnity's fundamental strength and capital management, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2014 jumped 4.2% to $1.25 per share in the last 7 days. Nonetheless, the estimate for 2014 remained static at $1.40 over the same period. Meanwhile, no downward revision in estimates was witnessed for both the years.

Other Stocks to Consider

Apart from Global Indemnity, American Financial Group Inc. ( AFG ), EMC Insurance Group Inc. ( EMCI ) and Navigators Group Inc. ( NAVG ) sport a comparable Zacks Rank #1.



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Referenced Stocks: AFG , EMCI , GBLI , NAVG

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