Head to Head Analysis: Stewart Information Services Corporation (STC) and Fidelity National Financial (FNFV)

Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC) and Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNFV) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitabiliy, risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Stewart Information Services Corporation and Fidelity National Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stewart Information Services Corporation 3.27% 9.77% 4.77%
Fidelity National Financial 6.75% 1.74% 0.83%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Stewart Information Services Corporation and Fidelity National Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stewart Information Services Corporation $2.01 billion 0.47 $138.39 million $2.79 14.22
Fidelity National Financial $1.59 billion 0.70 $303.00 million $1.59 10.72

Fidelity National Financial has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Stewart Information Services Corporation. Fidelity National Financial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stewart Information Services Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.2% of Stewart Information Services Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.2% of Fidelity National Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Stewart Information Services Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of Fidelity National Financial shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

Stewart Information Services Corporation has a beta of 0.81, meaning that its stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Fidelity National Financial has a beta of 0.77, meaning that its stock price is 23% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Stewart Information Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Fidelity National Financial does not pay a dividend. Stewart Information Services Corporation pays out 43.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Stewart Information Services Corporation and Fidelity National Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stewart Information Services Corporation 3 1 0 0 1.25
Fidelity National Financial 0 1 0 0 2.00

Stewart Information Services Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $41.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.38%. Fidelity National Financial has a consensus target price of $16.00, indicating a potential downside of 6.16%. Given Stewart Information Services Corporation’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe Stewart Information Services Corporation is more favorable than Fidelity National Financial.

Summary

Stewart Information Services Corporation beats Fidelity National Financial on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Stewart Information Services Corporation Company Profile

Stewart Information Services Corporation is a global real estate services company. The Company is engaged in offering products and services through its direct operations, network of Stewart Trusted Providers and family of companies. The Company operates through two segments: title insurance and ancillary services and corporate. Title insurance and related services (title) segment provides services needed to transfer title to property in a real estate transaction and includes services, such as searching, examining, closing and insuring the condition of the title to the property. The ancillary services and corporate segment provides appraisal and valuation services, document management, recording and call center-related services offered to mortgage lenders and servicers, mortgage brokers and mortgage investors. Its primary international operations are located in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Central Europe.

Fidelity National Financial Company Profile

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (FNF) is a holding company. The Company is a provider of title insurance, technology and transaction services to the real estate and mortgage industries. The Company’s segments include Title, Black Knight, FNF Core Corporate and Other, Restaurant Group, and FNFV Corporate and Other. Its business is organized into groups, including FNF Group and FNF Ventures (FNFV). The Company offers title insurance through its title insurance underwriters: Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Alamo Title Insurance and National Title Insurance of New York Inc., which collectively issue title insurance policies. FNF Group also provides mortgage technology solutions, including MSP, a residential mortgage servicing technology platform in the United States, through its subsidiary, Black Knight Financial Services, Inc. (Black Knight).

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