Atlas Financial (OTCMKTS:AFHIF) & AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) Head-To-Head Comparison

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSFGet Rating) and Atlas Financial (OTCMKTS:AFHIFGet Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and dividends.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares AMERISAFE and Atlas Financial’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
AMERISAFE $315.93 million 2.87 $65.76 million $2.38 19.73
Atlas Financial $4.84 million 0.47 -$5.67 million N/A N/A

AMERISAFE has higher revenue and earnings than Atlas Financial.

Profitability

This table compares AMERISAFE and Atlas Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
AMERISAFE 15.64% 11.76% 3.45%
Atlas Financial N/A N/A -10.00%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

96.5% of AMERISAFE shares are held by institutional investors. 1.7% of AMERISAFE shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.4% of Atlas Financial shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

AMERISAFE has a beta of 0.27, suggesting that its stock price is 73% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlas Financial has a beta of 2.28, suggesting that its stock price is 128% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for AMERISAFE and Atlas Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
AMERISAFE 0 1 1 0 2.50
Atlas Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

AMERISAFE currently has a consensus price target of $60.00, suggesting a potential upside of 27.77%. Given AMERISAFE’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe AMERISAFE is more favorable than Atlas Financial.

Summary

AMERISAFE beats Atlas Financial on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About AMERISAFE

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AMERISAFE, Inc., an insurance holding company, underwrites workers' compensation insurance in the United States. The company's workers' compensation insurance policies provide benefits to injured employees for temporary or permanent disability, death, and medical and hospital expenses. It serves small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, including construction, trucking, logging and lumber, agriculture, manufacturing, telecommunications, and maritime. The company was incorporated in 1985 and is based in DeRidder, Louisiana.

About Atlas Financial

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Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Anchor Group Management, Inc., engages in generating, underwriting, and servicing of commercial automobile insurance in the United States. The company's automobile insurance products provide insurance coverage in three areas, including liability, accident benefits, and physical damage. It focuses on the light commercial automobile sector, including taxi cabs, non-emergency paratransit, limousine, livery, and business autos. It distributes its insurance products through a network of independent retail agents. Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois.

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