Patriot National (NYSE: PN) and Brighthouse Financial (NASDAQ:BHF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Patriot National 0 2 0 0 2.00
Brighthouse Financial 1 9 0 0 1.90

Patriot National currently has a consensus price target of $7.75, suggesting a potential upside of 535.25%. Brighthouse Financial has a consensus price target of $67.44, suggesting a potential upside of 11.66%. Given Patriot National’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Patriot National is more favorable than Brighthouse Financial.

Profitability

This table compares Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Patriot National N/A N/A N/A
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Patriot National and Brighthouse Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Patriot National $233.03 million 0.16 $31.71 million ($0.02) -61.00
Brighthouse Financial N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Patriot National has higher revenue and earnings than Brighthouse Financial.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.3% of Patriot National shares are held by institutional investors. 59.9% of Patriot National shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Patriot National beats Brighthouse Financial on 5 of the 5 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Patriot National

Patriot National, Inc. is an independent national provider of technology-enabled outsourcing solutions that help insurance carriers, employers and other clients mitigate risk and comply with complex regulations. It offers a range of end-to-end insurance related and specialty services. The Company principally offers approximately two types of services: front-end services, such as brokerage, underwriting and policyholder services, and back-end services, such as claims adjudication and administration. It also offers specialty services, including technology outsourcing and other information technology (IT) services, as well as employment pre-screening and background checks. The Company’s brokerage and policyholder services include general agency services and specialty underwriting and policyholder services provided to its insurance carrier clients. The Company’s claims administration services relate to the administration and resolution of workers’ compensation claims.

About Brighthouse Financial

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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