Comparing ICC (NASDAQ:ICCH) and Markel (NYSE:MKL)

ICC (NASDAQ:ICCHGet Rating) and Markel (NYSE:MKLGet Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, risk and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for ICC and Markel, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ICC 0 0 0 0 N/A
Markel 0 2 2 0 2.50

Markel has a consensus price target of $1,525.00, indicating a potential upside of 17.57%. Given Markel’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Markel is more favorable than ICC.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ICC 4.67% 4.08% 1.50%
Markel 14.33% 6.30% 1.81%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

39.5% of ICC shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.1% of Markel shares are held by institutional investors. 24.1% of ICC shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of Markel shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ICC and Markel’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ICC $61.44 million 0.91 $4.14 million $0.96 17.69
Markel $12.85 billion 1.37 $2.43 billion $127.97 10.14

Markel has higher revenue and earnings than ICC. Markel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than ICC, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

ICC has a beta of 0.28, suggesting that its stock price is 72% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Markel has a beta of 0.74, suggesting that its stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Markel beats ICC on 11 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ICC

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ICC Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, 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 markets its products through a network of 186 independent agents in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. ICC Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Rock Island, Illinois.

About Markel

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Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company, markets and underwrites specialty insurance products in the United States, Bermuda, the United Kingdom, rest of Europe, Canada, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East. Its Insurance segment offers general and professional liability, personal lines, marine and energy, specialty programs, and workers' compensation insurance products; and property coverages that include fire, allied lines, and other specialized property coverages, including catastrophe-exposed property risks, such as earthquake and wind. This segment also offers credit and surety products, and collateral protection insurance products. The company's Reinsurance segment offers transaction, healthcare, and environmental impairment liability; and specialty treaty reinsurance products comprising structured and whole turnover credit, political risk, mortgage and contract, and commercial surety reinsurance programs. Its Markel Ventures segment provides equipment used in baking systems and food processing; portable dredges; over-the-road car haulers and transportation equipment; and laminated oak and composite wood flooring, tube and tank trailers, as well as ornamental plants and residential homes, handbags, and architectural products. This segment also provides consulting, and other types of services to businesses and consumers, including distribution of exterior building products, crane rental, fire protection, and life safety services, management and technology consulting, and retail intelligence services. The company's Other segment provides healthcare, leasing and investment services, as well as operates as an insurance and investment fund manager offering a range of investment products, including insurance-linked securities, catastrophe bonds, insurance swaps, and weather derivatives; and program services. it also manages funds with third parties. Markel Corporation was founded in 1930 and is based in Glen Allen, Virginia.

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