Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A (BWINA) vs. Markel (MKL) Financial Contrast

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Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A (NASDAQ:BWINA) and Markel (NYSE:MKL) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A and Markel, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A 0 0 0 0 N/A
Markel 0 0 1 0 3.00

Markel has a consensus target price of $1,300.00, indicating a potential upside of 28.10%. Given Markel’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Markel is more favorable than Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A and Markel’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Markel $6.84 billion 2.06 -$128.18 million $20.53 49.43

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Markel.

Dividends

Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.8%. Markel does not pay a dividend. Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A and Markel’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A N/A N/A N/A
Markel -2.02% 9.15% 2.58%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

1.5% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 76.4% of Markel shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.2% of Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.3% of Markel shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Markel beats Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Baldwin & Lyons Inc Class A

Baldwin & Lyons, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in marketing and underwriting property and casualty insurance products. The company offers a range of fleet transportation insurance products, including commercial motor vehicle liability, physical damage, and general liability insurance; workers compensation insurance; medical and indemnity insurance products; non-trucking motor vehicle liability insurance; fidelity and surety bonds; and inland marine products consisting of cargo insurance. It also provides various additional services, such as risk surveys and analyses, safety program design and monitoring, government compliance assistance, loss control, and cost studies; research, development, and consultation in connection with new insurance programs that comprise development of systems to assist customers in monitoring their accident data; and claims handling services to clients with self-insurance programs. It serves trucking and public transportation fleets, as well as independent contractors in the trucking industry. The company primarily operates in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Baldwin & Lyons, Inc. was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Carmel, Indiana.

About Markel

Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and internationally. It operates through three segments: U.S. Insurance, International Insurance, and Reinsurance. The U.S. Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, property, personal line, program, and workers' compensation insurance products, as well as other insurance product lines, such as ocean marine, surety, CPI, and coverages. The International Insurance segment provides professional and general liability, marine and energy, and property insurance products, as well as other insurance product lines, including crime, contingency, accident and health, specialty, short-term trade credit, and other coverages. The Reinsurance segment offers property and casualty treaty reinsurance products; and other treaty reinsurance products, including structured and whole turnover credit, political risk, mortgage, and contract and commercial surety, as well as public entity, aviation, whole account, accident and health coverage, offshore and onshore marine and energy risks, and agriculture. The company also operates as an insurance-linked securities investment fund manager and reinsurance manager; manufacturer of transportation and other industrial equipment; and a management and IT consulting firm providing services and solutions to various customers, as well as offers capital solutions to asset and wealth management firms. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia.

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