Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

AXA SA, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and asset management services worldwide.


Trading at 50.6% below its fair value

Earnings are forecast to grow 19.63% per year

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 5.28%

Risk Analysis

Dividend of 5.28% is not well covered by earnings

Large one-off items impacting financial results

Profit margins (1.1%) are lower than last year (4.5%)

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer and fair value.

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Share Price & News

How has AXA's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CS has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




FR Insurance


FR Market

1 Year Return




FR Insurance


FR Market

Return vs Industry: CS exceeded the French Insurance industry which returned 12.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CS exceeded the French Market which returned 16.7% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0.4%0.7%0.5%
30 Day3.6%2.3%0.8%
90 Day1.5%1.2%5.1%
1 Year27.0%19.9%17.6%11.4%21.2%17.1%
3 Year30.2%11.1%28.0%10.1%44.1%30.5%
5 Year48.3%15.3%49.5%16.8%56.3%34.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is AXA's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is AXA undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CS (€25.37) is trading below our estimate of fair value (€51.38)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CS is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (43.3x) compared to the Insurance industry average (18.1x).

PE vs Market: CS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (43.3x) compared to the French market (18.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CS is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CS is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.9x) compared to the FR Insurance industry average (1x).

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Future Growth

How is AXA forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 14 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CS's forecast earnings growth (19.6% per year) is above the savings rate (-0.1%).

Earnings vs Market: CS's earnings (19.6% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the French market (13.4% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CS's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: CS's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-0.7% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CS's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-0.7% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CS's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (10.7%).

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Past Performance

How has AXA performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CS has a large one-off loss of €6.4B impacting its June 30 2019 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: CS's current net profit margins (1.1%) are lower than last year (4.5%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CS's earnings have declined by -8.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CS's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: CS had negative earnings growth (-74.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Insurance industry average (-36.8%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CS's Return on Equity (-1%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is AXA's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: CS has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: CS's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 2x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: CS's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if CS has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: CS reports no customer deposits, loans are made up entirely of externally borrowed funds.

Loan Level: Insufficient data to determine if CS has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: CS has advanced significantly more loans than the customer deposits it holds.

Level of Bad Loans: Insufficient data to determine if CS has an appropriate level of bad loans.

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What is AXA's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: CS's dividend (5.28%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the French market (1.54%).

High Dividend: CS's dividend (5.28%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the French market (4.44%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CS's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CS's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (229%), CS's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CS's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (52.3% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Thomas Buberl (46yo)





Dr. Thomas Buberl, Ph.D. served as Chairman of the Board at AXA Equitable Holdings, Inc., since November 2017 until March 2019 and had been its Director since September 2016 until February 06, 2020. He has ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Thomas's total compensation ($USD5.44M) is above average for companies of similar size in the French market ($USD3.31M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Thomas's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Thomas Buberl
CEO & Director3.4yrs€5.04m0.0086% 5.3m
Doina Palici-Chehab
Chief Integration Officer & Employee Shareholders' Representative Director7.8yrs€108.07k0.00049% 299.7k
Etienne Marc Bouas-Laurent
Group Chief Financial Officer0.08yrsno datano data
Astrid Stange
Chief Operating Officer2.2yrsno datano data
Alban de Mailly Nesle
Chief Risk & Investment Officer0.4yrsno datano data
Nicolas Leclercq
Head of Group Corporate Finance & Treasury0yrsno datano data
Marc Blottière
Group Chief Information Officer2.1yrsno datano data
Andrew Wallace-Barnett
Senior VP & Head of Investor Relations6.1yrsno datano data
Helen Browne
Group General Counsel3.7yrsno datano data
Ulrike Decoene
Group Head of Communications0.9yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CS's management team is considered experienced (2.1 years average tenure).

Board Members

Thomas Buberl
CEO & Director3.4yrs€5.04m0.0086% 5.3m
Doina Palici-Chehab
Chief Integration Officer & Employee Shareholders' Representative Director7.8yrs€108.07k0.00049% 299.7k
Jacques de Peretti
Chairman & CEO of AXA France1.7yrsno datano data
Claude Bébéar
Honorary Chairman9.8yrsno datano data
Denis Pierre Duverne
Chairman of the Board1.8yrsno data0.066% 40.1m
Ramon de Oliveira-Cezar
Independent Director10.8yrs€179.08k0.00047% 287.5k
Stefan Lippe
Independent Director7.8yrs€215.76k0.00050% 305.8k
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu
Senior Independent Director0.8yrs€103.09k0.00037% 226.3k
François Martineau
Director11.8yrs€81.36k0.00028% 171.3k
Jean-Denis Talon
Chairman of AXA Canada Operations0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CS's board of directors are considered experienced (7.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

AXA SA's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: AXA SA
  • Ticker: CS
  • Exchange: ENXTPA
  • Founded: 1852
  • Industry: Multi-line Insurance
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Market Cap: €61.166b
  • Shares outstanding: 2.40b
  • Website: https://www.axa.com

Number of Employees


  • AXA SA
  • 25, avenue Matignon
  • Paris
  • Ile-de-France
  • 75008
  • France


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
AXAH.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1980
CSENXTPA (Euronext Paris)YesOrdinary SharesFREURJan 1980
AXADB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1980
CSSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesCHCHFJan 1980
0HARLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesGBEURJan 1980
AXABIT (Borsa Italiana)YesOrdinary SharesITEURJan 1980
AXAXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesOrdinary SharesDEEURJan 1980
CSPBATS-CHIXE (BATS 'Chi-X Europe')YesOrdinary SharesGBEURJan 1980
AXA NBMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesOrdinary SharesMXMXNJan 1980
CSWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesOrdinary SharesATEURJan 1980
CSNVENXTPA (Euronext Paris)EUR2.29 (RFD 01/01/2020)FREURJan 2020


AXA SA, through its subsidiaries, provides insurance and asset management services worldwide. It operates in seven segments: France, Europe, Asia, AXA XL, the United States, International, and Transversal & Central Holdings. The company offers a range of insurance products, including life and savings, property and casualty, and health. Its products include motor, household, property and general liability insurance, banking, savings vehicles, and other investment-based products for personal/individual and commercial/group customers, as well as health, protection, and retirement products for individual or professional customers. The company also provides term life, whole life, universal life, endowment, and deferred and immediate annuities; medical cover; and other protection and health products, such as disability, cancer, and critical illness. In addition, it offers unit-linked, group term, and hospital cash products and investment products; and coverage against excess and surplus lines, environmental and professional liability, construction, marine, energy, aviation and satellite, fine art and specie, equine, livestock and aquaculture, accident and health and crisis management, and other risks. Further, the company provides casualty, property risk, property catastrophe, specialty, and other reinsurance lines; and individual and group retirement products, and employee benefits. Additionally, it is involved in the provision of investment management services through managed accounts, hedge funds, mutual funds, and other investment vehicles to private clients, as well as fundamental research, quantitative, and brokerage-related services in equities and listed options for institutional investors; management of retail mutual funds for individual investors; and management of investments on behalf of institutional clients. The company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in Paris, France. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/19 21:07
End of Day Share Price2020/02/19 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.