Shares of Everest Re Group Ltd.RE gained momentum recently. Should you add the Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) property and casualty (P&C) insurer to your portfolio?
Factors to Consider
Shares of Everest Re gained 21.7%, outpacing the Zacks categorized Property and Casualty industry's growth of 15.7%, over the last six months. Robust gross written premium performance mainly contributed to the outperformance. Also, a robust liquidity position backed by strong cash flow generation helped the company to invest in strategic initiatives, which in turn, accelerated its growth.
Moreover, Mt. Logan Re, which is one of key growth drivers of the P&C insurer, has been experiencing significant improvement in its Asset Under Management (AUM) and remains the fastest growing capital market vehicle. The growth in AUM will help the company execute and enhance its long-term capital management and business strategy.
In addition, the company has been benefiting from its capital adequacy, financial flexibility, long-term operating performance and traditional risk management capabilities. Given its prudent capital management strategy and robust capital balance position, Everest Re is anticipated to make consistent dividend payouts and share buybacks.
In fact, valuation at the current level is attractive as the stock is trading at a forward P/E ratio of 11.8, a 59.5% discount to the industry average of 29.1. Further, Everest Re has a trailing 12-month return on equity (ROE) of 12.5%, which is higher than the industry average of 7%. Notably, Everest Re carries a VGM score of B. Here V stands for Value, G for Growth and M for Momentum and the score is a weighted combination of these three scores.
Stocks to Consider
Investors interested in other stocks from the same space might consider Alleghany Corporation Y , NMI Holdings, Inc. NMIH and Arch Capital Group Ltd. ACGL . Each of these stocks sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Alleghany Corporation deals with P&C reinsurance and insurance businesses in the U.S. and internationally. The company delivered positive surprises in three of the last four quarters with an average beat of 20.52%.
NMI Holdings offers private mortgage guaranty insurance services in the U.S. The company delivered positive surprises in all of the last four quarters with an average beat of 62.80%.
Arch Capital offers property, casualty, and mortgage insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. It delivered positive surprises in all of the last four quarters with an average beat of 9.27%.
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