International General Insurance ( NASDAQ:IGIC – Get Rating ) and MediaAlpha ( NYSE:MAX – Get Rating ) are both small-cap financial companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on their valuation, profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.
Institutional and internal ownership
60.2% of International General Insurance shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.5% of MediaAlpha shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.1% of International General Insurance shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of MediaAlpha shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, big money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Rating and earnings
This table compares International General Insurance and MediaAlpha’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross income||Price/sales ratio||Net income||Earnings per share||Price/earnings ratio|
|International general insurance||$361.30 million||1.05||$43.70 million||$1.00||7.78|
|MediaAlpha||$645.27 million||0.98||– $5.28 million||($0.38)||-27.21|
International General Insurance has higher revenue, but lower revenue than MediaAlpha. MediaAlpha is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than International General Insurance, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Volatility and risk
International General Insurance has a beta of 0.36, indicating that its share price is 64% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, MediaAlpha has a beta of 0.67, indicating that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares International General Insurance and MediaAlpha’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net margins||Return on capital||Return on assets|
|International general insurance||12.92%||14.63%||4.13%|
This is a breakdown of the latest ratings and recommendations for International General Insurance and MediaAlpha as provided by MarketBeat.
|Estimates for sale||Hold the ratings||Buy ratings||Strong buy ratings||Rating score|
|International general insurance||0||0||0||0||N/A|
MediaAlpha has a consensus target price of $18.60, indicating a potential upside of 79.88%. Given MediaAlpha’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe MediaAlpha is more favorable than International General Insurance.
International General Insurance beats MediaAlpha on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
International General Insurance Company Profile (Get Rating)
International General Insurance Holdings Ltd. provides specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Long Tail Specialty Insurance, Short Tail Specialty Insurance and Reinsurance. It undertakes a diversified portfolio of specialty risks including energy, property, construction and engineering, ports and terminals, general aviation, political violence, casualty, financial institutions, marine, contingency and contract reinsurance. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Amman, Jordan.
MediaAlpha Company Profile (Get Rating)
MediaAlpha, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates an insurance customer acquisition platform in the United States. It optimizes customer acquisition in various verticals of property and casualty insurance, health insurance and life insurance. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. MediaAlpha, Inc. is a subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd.
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