Head-To-Head Review: National Security Group (NASDAQ:NSEC) vs. AXA (NASDAQ:AXAHY)


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National Security Group (NASDAQ:NSEC) and AXA (OTCMKTS:AXAHY) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

2.4% of National Security Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.2% of AXA shares are owned by institutional investors. 38.2% of National Security Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares National Security Group and AXA’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Security Group $64.86 million 0.45 $780,000.00 N/A N/A
AXA $120.88 billion 0.47 $3.03 billion $3.05 7.73

AXA has higher revenue and earnings than National Security Group.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for National Security Group and AXA, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Security Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
AXA 0 1 4 0 2.80

Dividends

National Security Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. AXA pays an annual dividend of $1.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. AXA pays out 40.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares National Security Group and AXA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Security Group 2.55% 3.53% 1.15%
AXA N/A N/A N/A

Volatility and Risk

National Security Group has a beta of -0.11, suggesting that its stock price is 111% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, AXA has a beta of 1.04, suggesting that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

National Security Group beats AXA on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About National Security Group

The National Security Group, Inc., an insurance holding company, provides insurance products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Property and Casualty Insurance, and Life Insurance. The Property and Casualty Insurance segment primarily underwrites home insurance coverage with primary lines of business consisting of dwelling fire and extended coverage, mobile homeowners, and other liability insurance services in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia, as well as operates on a surplus lines basis in the state of Louisiana. The Life Insurance segment offers ordinary life, accident and health, supplemental hospital, and cancer insurance products in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The company distributes its products through independent agents, home service agents, and brokers. The National Security Group, Inc. was founded in 1947 and is based in Elba, Alabama.

About AXA

AXA SA, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and asset management services worldwide. It operates in seven segments: France, Europe, Asia, AXA XL, the United States, International, and Transversal & Central Holdings. The company offers a range of insurance products, including life and savings, property and casualty, and health. Its products include motor, household, property and general liability insurance, banking, savings vehicles, and other investment-based products for personal/individual and commercial/group customers, as well as health, protection, and retirement products for individual or professional customers. The company also provides term life, whole life, universal life, endowment, and deferred and immediate annuities; medical cover; and other protection and health products, such as disability, cancer, and critical illness. In addition, it offers unit-linked, group term, and hospital cash products and investment products; and coverage against excess and surplus lines, environmental and professional liability, construction, marine, energy, aviation and satellite, fine art and specie, equine, livestock and aquaculture, accident and health and crisis management, and other risks. Further, the company provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines; and individual and group retirement products, and employee benefits. Additionally, it is involved in the provision of investment management services through managed accounts, hedge funds, mutual funds, and other investment vehicles to private clients, as well as fundamental research, quantitative, and brokerage-related services in equities and listed options for institutional investors; management of retail mutual funds for individual investors; and management of investments on behalf of institutional clients. The company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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