Assured Guaranty (AGO) Competitors

$78.80
-0.05 (-0.06%)
(As of 12:15 PM ET)

AGO vs. FCFS, ECPG, GDOT, ORI, RDN, MTG, ESNT, NMIH, GBCI, and FFIN

Should you be buying Assured Guaranty stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Assured Guaranty include FirstCash (FCFS), Encore Capital Group (ECPG), Green Dot (GDOT), Old Republic International (ORI), Radian Group (RDN), MGIC Investment (MTG), Essent Group (ESNT), NMI (NMIH), Glacier Bancorp (GBCI), and First Financial Bankshares (FFIN).

Assured Guaranty vs.

FirstCash (NASDAQ:FCFS) and Assured Guaranty (NYSE:AGO) are both mid-cap business services companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, analyst recommendations, community ranking, profitability, risk, media sentiment, earnings and valuation.

Assured Guaranty received 381 more outperform votes than FirstCash when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 67.81% of users gave Assured Guaranty an outperform vote while only 37.50% of users gave FirstCash an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
FirstCashOutperform Votes
15
37.50%
Underperform Votes
25
62.50%
Assured GuarantyOutperform Votes
396
67.81%
Underperform Votes
188
32.19%

FirstCash presently has a consensus price target of $121.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.68%. Assured Guaranty has a consensus price target of $97.00, indicating a potential upside of 22.99%. Given FirstCash's higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Assured Guaranty is more favorable than FirstCash.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FirstCash
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
2 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
3.00
Assured Guaranty
0 Sell rating(s)
2 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.00

In the previous week, Assured Guaranty had 5 more articles in the media than FirstCash. MarketBeat recorded 10 mentions for Assured Guaranty and 5 mentions for FirstCash. Assured Guaranty's average media sentiment score of 1.04 beat FirstCash's score of 0.25 indicating that FirstCash is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
FirstCash
3 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
2 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Assured Guaranty
4 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
3 Neutral mention(s)
1 Negative mention(s)
1 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

80.3% of FirstCash shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 92.2% of Assured Guaranty shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of FirstCash shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Assured Guaranty shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

FirstCash has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Assured Guaranty has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Assured Guaranty has lower revenue, but higher earnings than FirstCash. Assured Guaranty is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than FirstCash, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
FirstCash$3.15B1.90$219.30M$4.8027.60
Assured Guaranty$1.02B4.31$739M$12.406.36

Assured Guaranty has a net margin of 53.82% compared to Assured Guaranty's net margin of 6.96%. Assured Guaranty's return on equity of 14.42% beat FirstCash's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FirstCash6.96% 14.42% 6.80%
Assured Guaranty 53.82%11.82%4.46%

FirstCash pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Assured Guaranty pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. FirstCash pays out 29.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Assured Guaranty pays out 10.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. FirstCash has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and Assured Guaranty has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years. Assured Guaranty is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Assured Guaranty beats FirstCash on 13 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding AGO and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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AGO vs. The Competition

MetricAssured GuarantySurety insurance IndustryFinance SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$4.37B$3.56B$8.21B$17.44B
Dividend Yield1.63%2.60%10.63%3.59%
P/E Ratio6.3614.0063.0225.24
Price / Sales4.319.003,595.6111.06
Price / Cash7.137.5927.9014.95
Price / Book0.770.952.195.01
Net Income$739M$354.20M$998.84M$963.51M
7 Day Performance2.29%3.18%2.36%2.52%
1 Month Performance-11.96%-3.74%-0.98%-1.85%
1 Year Performance46.75%25.11%12.96%90.34%

Assured Guaranty Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
FCFS
FirstCash
4.5335 of 5 stars
$132.50
+1.5%
$121.00
-8.7%
+36.8%$5.98B$3.15B27.6019,000Upcoming Earnings
News Coverage
Positive News
ECPG
Encore Capital Group
3.7424 of 5 stars
$42.48
+0.9%
$66.50
+56.5%
-17.9%$1.00B$1.22B-4.847,400
GDOT
Green Dot
3.1189 of 5 stars
$8.88
+2.1%
$10.75
+21.1%
-48.9%$469.13M$1.50B68.311,200Analyst Upgrade
ORI
Old Republic International
4.8182 of 5 stars
$30.31
+0.3%
$34.00
+12.2%
+20.0%$8.35B$7.26B14.439,200Upcoming Earnings
RDN
Radian Group
2.0048 of 5 stars
$30.60
+2.3%
$30.00
-2.0%
+30.8%$4.64B$1.24B8.101,100Upcoming Earnings
Positive News
MTG
MGIC Investment
2.7969 of 5 stars
$20.31
+1.7%
$21.08
+3.8%
+42.0%$5.39B$1.16B8.15627Upcoming Earnings
Positive News
ESNT
Essent Group
4.1802 of 5 stars
$54.15
+0.4%
$58.38
+7.8%
+29.4%$5.79B$1.11B8.33536Positive News
NMIH
NMI
3.4272 of 5 stars
$30.79
+1.0%
$34.44
+11.9%
+34.2%$2.48B$579M8.02238Upcoming Earnings
News Coverage
Positive News
GBCI
Glacier Bancorp
1.8822 of 5 stars
$38.38
+1.8%
$41.20
+7.3%
+8.3%$4.35B$1.14B21.933,358Earnings Report
Analyst Report
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
FFIN
First Financial Bankshares
3.6765 of 5 stars
$30.51
+0.3%
$31.33
+2.7%
+6.6%$4.34B$483.74M21.791,500Earnings Report
Analyst Report

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This page (NYSE:AGO) was last updated on 4/24/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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