Axis Capital (NYSE:AXS) vs. ICC (NYSE:ICCH) Head to Head Survey

ICC (NASDAQ:ICCH) and Axis Capital (NYSE:AXS) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ICC and Axis Capital, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICC 0 0 0 0 N/A
Axis Capital 0 3 2 0 2.40

Axis Capital has a consensus price target of $63.20, indicating a potential upside of 5.70%. Given Axis Capital’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Axis Capital is more favorable than ICC.

Volatility and Risk

ICC has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its stock price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Axis Capital has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

10.5% of ICC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.5% of Axis Capital shares are held by institutional investors. 22.5% of ICC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of Axis Capital shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ICC and Axis Capital’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICC 1.42% 1.25% 0.49%
Axis Capital 1.54% 3.95% 0.70%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ICC and Axis Capital’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICC $51.16 million 0.91 $890,000.00 N/A N/A
Axis Capital $5.09 billion 0.99 $43.02 million $1.92 31.14

Axis Capital has higher revenue and earnings than ICC.

Dividends

Axis Capital pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. ICC does not pay a dividend. Axis Capital pays out 83.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Axis Capital has raised its dividend for 12 consecutive years.

Summary

Axis Capital beats ICC on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ICC

ICC Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Illinois Casualty Company, provides property and casualty insurance products to the food and beverage industry in the United States. The company offers commercial multi-peril, liquor liability, workers' compensation, and umbrella liability insurance products. It also rents real estate properties. The company markets its products through a network of 160 independent agents in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. ICC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois.

About Axis Capital

AXIS Capital Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, provides various specialty insurance and reinsurance products worldwide. It operates through two segments, Insurance and Reinsurance. The Insurance segment offers property insurance products for commercial buildings, residential premises, construction projects, and onshore energy installations; marine insurance products covering offshore energy, cargo, liability, recreational marine, fine art, specie, hull, and war; and terrorism, aviation, credit and political risk, and liability insurance products. It also provides professional insurance products that cover directors' and officers' liability, errors and omissions liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability, crime, professional indemnity, cyber and privacy, medical malpractice, and other financial insurance related coverages for commercial enterprises, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and other professional service providers. In addition, this segment offers accidental death, travel, and specialty health products for employer and affinity groups, as well as accident and health reinsurance products through wholesale and retail brokers, managing general agents, and underwriters. The Reinsurance segment offers reinsurance products to insurance companies, including catastrophe reinsurance products; property reinsurance products covering property damage and related losses resulting from natural and man-made perils; professional lines; and credit and surety products. This segment also provides agriculture reinsurance products; coverages for various types of construction risks and risks related to erection, testing, and commissioning of machinery and plants during the construction stage; and marine, aviation, and personal accident reinsurance products. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Pembroke, Bermuda.

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