Reviewing Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) & Brighthouse Fin (BHF)

Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC) and Brighthouse Fin (NASDAQ:BHF) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Dividends

Marsh & McLennan Companies pays an annual dividend of $1.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Brighthouse Fin does not pay a dividend. Marsh & McLennan Companies pays out 41.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Marsh & McLennan Companies has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares Marsh & McLennan Companies and Brighthouse Fin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Marsh & McLennan Companies 13.97% 28.56% 10.18%
Brighthouse Fin N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Marsh & McLennan Companies and Brighthouse Fin, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Marsh & McLennan Companies 0 3 9 0 2.75
Brighthouse Fin 1 8 0 0 1.89

Marsh & McLennan Companies presently has a consensus price target of $81.90, indicating a potential upside of 0.17%. Brighthouse Fin has a consensus price target of $67.44, indicating a potential upside of 22.20%. Given Brighthouse Fin’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Brighthouse Fin is more favorable than Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

84.9% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 1.5% of Marsh & McLennan Companies shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Marsh & McLennan Companies and Brighthouse Fin’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Marsh & McLennan Companies $13.50 billion 3.10 $3.23 billion $3.62 22.59
Brighthouse Fin N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Marsh & McLennan Companies has higher revenue and earnings than Brighthouse Fin.

Summary

Marsh & McLennan Companies beats Brighthouse Fin on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Marsh & McLennan Companies

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. is a professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people. The Company is the parent company of various risk advisors and specialty consultants, including Marsh, the insurance broker; Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of human resource and investment related financial advice and services, and Oliver Wyman Group, the management and economic consultancy. It conducts business through two segments: Risk and Insurance Services, which includes risk management activities, as well as insurance and reinsurance broking and services, and Consulting includes health, retirement, talent and investments consulting services and products, and specialized management, economic and brand consulting services. It conducts business in the Risk and Insurance Services segment through Marsh and Guy Carpenter. It conducts business in the Consulting segment through Mercer and Oliver Wyman Group.

About Brighthouse Fin

Brighthouse Financial, Inc. is a provider of life insurance and annuity products in the United States. The Company offers a range of products and services, which include variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products. These products and services are marketed through various third party retail distribution channels in the United States. Fixed income annuities provide a guaranteed monthly income for a specified period of years and/or for the life of the annuitant. The Company operating segments include Annuities, Life and Run-off.

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