HCI Group (NYSE:HCI – Get Rating) and Atlas Financial (OTCMKTS:AFHIF – Get Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares HCI Group and Atlas Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|HCI Group||$407.92 million||1.68||$1.86 million||($0.38)||-178.32|
|Atlas Financial||$9.55 million||0.56||-$12.73 million||N/A||N/A|
HCI Group has higher revenue and earnings than Atlas Financial.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
59.6% of HCI Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 24.7% of HCI Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 14.4% of Atlas Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
Volatility and Risk
HCI Group has a beta of 0.76, indicating that its share price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Financial has a beta of 2.73, indicating that its share price is 173% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares HCI Group and Atlas Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for HCI Group and Atlas Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
HCI Group presently has a consensus target price of $95.00, suggesting a potential upside of 40.20%. Given HCI Group’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe HCI Group is more favorable than Atlas Financial.
HCI Group beats Atlas Financial on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
About HCI Group (Get Rating)
HCI Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the property and casualty insurance, reinsurance, real estate, and information technology businesses in Florida. It provides residential insurance products, such as homeowners, fire, flood, and wind-only insurance to homeowners, condominium owners, and tenants for properties, as well as offers reinsurance programs. The company also owns and operates waterfront properties and retail shopping centers, and an office building, as well as commercial properties for investment purposes. In addition, it designs and develops web-based applications and products for mobile devices, including SAMS, an online policy administration platform; Harmony, a policy administration platform; ClaimColony, an end-to-end claims management platform; and AtlasViewer, a mapping and data visualization platform. The company was formerly known as Homeowners Choice, Inc. and changed its name to HCI Group, Inc. in May 2013. HCI Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.
About Atlas Financial (Get Rating)
Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. engages in generating, underwriting and servicing commercial automobile insurance policies through its subsidiaries. The firm focuses on the light commercial automobile sector, which includes taxi cabs, nonemergency para-transit, limousine, livery, and business auto. Its products and services include taxi, car service, limousine, paratransit, airport transit, and business auto. The company was founded on December 31, 2010 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, IL.
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