Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, property and casualty insurer Tower Group (Nasdaq: TWGP ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tower's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||New York City (1989)|
|Market Cap||$1 billion|
|Industry||Property and casualty insurance|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.46 billion|
Chairman/CEO Michael Lee
CFO William Hitselberger
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||14.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$104.44 million / $374.27 million|
Allstate (NYSE: ALL )
Chubb (NYSE: CB )
Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV )
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, GainSeeker tapped Tower as a particularly timely pick:
Low PEG, low debt, low p/s. Nice growth. Stock dropped 15% on the reduced outlook after a nice beat to the quarter. Mgt expects challenging climate to "continue not worsen -- tells me this is a great entry point and there will be more beats ahead.
In fact, Tower currently sports a forward P/E of just 7.6. That represents a slight discount to listed competitors Allstate (8.4), Chubb (10.6), and Travelers (9.7).
CAPS member FoolDiligence lists more of the stock's cheapish multiples:
[Price/cash flow]: <9x
[Price/Tangible book]: <1.4x
In addition to this you have founder and CEO, Michael Lee holding almost 10% of the company. While you wait for the market to fully recognize TWGP's value, you receive a 2% dividend that has grown at an average of >30% per year and still maintains a low payout ratio of under 15%.
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