CINF Stock Overview
Cincinnati Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides property casualty insurance products in the United States.
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Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$104.33|
|52 Week High||US$143.22|
|52 Week Low||US$93.41|
|1 Month Change||-9.91%|
|3 Month Change||-17.35%|
|1 Year Change||-14.05%|
|3 Year Change||-4.90%|
|5 Year Change||34.90%|
|Change since IPO||1,335.63%|
Recent News & Updates
Downgrade: Here's How Analysts See Cincinnati Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CINF) Performing In The Near Term
One thing we could say about the analysts on Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( NASDAQ:CINF ) - they aren't optimistic...
Cincinnati Financial: A Post-Drop Dividend King
I've not written about Cincinnati Financial Corporation before - but it's time to do so following a significant drop in the company's share price. This drop increased the company's appeal as an investment, and it could be possible to invest in the company at this price. If you're familiar with my work, you know I look at insurance companies quite a bit. So in this article, I'll be looking at Cincinnati Financial. Dear readers, In this article, we'll take a look at Cincinnati Financial (CINF), a dividend king and a P&C insurer with a long history. I've not written about this business before, so in this article, we'll do a bit of a deep dive into this almost 75-year-old business based in Ohio. Let's see what we have here, and what could justify an investment in this business. What does Cincinnati Financial do? The business idea of CINF is simple - it offers various types of insurance - life/disability, property and casualty insurance, what's known as P&C in insurance business lingo, and others, through its various subsidiaries and companies. As a business, the company has about 1% of the overall US domestic P&C premiums. This doesn't sound much, but this is actually a very fragmented market. This single percentage point makes CINF one of the 20th largest insurance businesses by market share in the US. Four agents founded the business in the 1950s. Today it has large insurance businesses under its umbrella, such as the Cincinnati Insurance Company, the Cincinnati Life Insurance Company, The Cincinnati Casualty Company - and others. CINF also has an investment arm called the CFC Investment Company which supports the various subsidiaries and their agents through leasing and financial activities, as well as offering asset management through its CinFin Capital Management. The company has various agency relationships - almost 2,000 of them in over 2,750 locations. Its biggest market share is obviously in Ohio, but CINF is represented in plenty of areas. CINF IR The company is, simply put a top 25 U.S P&C insurer, with over $6.5B in annual premiums, which come to over 55% from Commercial, and 24% from personal. The company uses and agency-centered business model. This is time-tested in the last 75 years, and these relationships have decades of strengthening behind them. Agency-focus means local decision-making based on local expertise, with a centralized organization at the same time contributing to a low expense ratio compared to a branch office structure. CINF is one of the best financial companies on record if we look strictly at the dividend growth tradition. The company has offered 61 years of consecutive increases in the dividend, making this one of the strongest dividend kings out there, and only seven public US companies can match this dividend payout record. CINF IR The increases aren't small either - the latest increase in the payout was a 10% increase back in 1Q22, and a current yield of around 2.91%, which is above the company's typical rate. CINF, due to its strengths, does not trade at the same sort of discounts we see in other financials and insurance companies. This makes sense when looking at this business's fundamentals, including an absolutely stellar BBB+ rating. CINF has underwriting and conservative expertise spanning decades, and it has proven its ability to weather issues and challenges through many cycles. Despite its dividend tradition, the company averages a payout ratio of no higher than 51%, and the company's payout percentage in relation to net CF from operations has actually been declining. CINF IR When looking at insurance companies in a rising interest rate environment, you want to make sure of a few things. First, you want to make sure that the company has the ability, based on historical and forecasts, to outperform the market-average premium growth rate over time. CINF does this. Its 7%+ premium growth rate on an annual base for 5 years is higher than the industry average of around 5.9%. You also want to make sure that the insurance company you look at has a combined ratio - this is the sum of incurred losses and expenses and then dividing them by the earned premium, which in turn implies the percentage of premium earned covering actual risk. Simply put, it's a common metric to measure the day-to-day performance of an insurance business. The logic here is that you actually want a lower ratio - the lower the better. I usually want a 75-85% combined ratio. EU insurers tend to have better-combined ratios than US companies. For CINF, the company touches the 85-87% combined ratio level for 2021, which is good for a US company. Third, and also something you want - you're looking for good investment performance. These companies invest their surplus capital into usually short-duration securities and investments to earn an extra interest - and you want them to be able to manage this well as well, not just their main business. CINF does this as well. CINF IR The company focuses on a mix of taxable fixed maturities, tax-free fixed maturities, stocks, and a small amount of prefs. The company's bond portfolio fair value exceeds its insurance reserves liability by over 15% as of 1Q22, which is excellent. However, CINF is still heavily overexposed to the IT/tech sector when it comes to its investments. CINF IR Now, CINF checks a lot of boxes on the basis of its fundamentals alone - that much should be clear to you here. There are also additional advantages to the company. This business has some incredible safeties in its client base, which mostly come at very high credit ratings on average. However, the biggest argument for CINF and for investing in it, is the combined factors of the strengths and fundamental outperformance I mentioned, coupled with the current low valuation compared to many of its peers. In the company's peer group, CINF is at a very low valuation compared to many of its closest peers, despite its high quality. CINF IR Let's look at the company's valuation a bit more in detail to explore what exactly makes this company a "BUY" at this valuation. Cincinnati Financial Valuation As mentioned, this company's valuation is already at a pretty good level, from a historical perspective. This company's average is close to 20x P/E, and the current average weighted valuation is around 17x P/E. The general rule for this company from a historical perspective has been that if you invest in the company at anything below its P/E average, you're likely to do fairly well. CINF Upside (F.A.S.T graphs) Now, we do have a complication in that the company is actually expected to see an earnings decline this year. Given that we're already in challenging macro, it's not unlikely therefore, that the company might decline further from today's level. The key to investing in CINF is valuation. While the company does perform very well over time, it's not the sort of company to massively outperform the S&P500 index. What this means is that you can't buy this company at any price and expect to do well. CINF TSR However, this discount isn't "any valuation" - it's a good price, from a historical perspective. Forecasting the company based on its 20x P/E average gives us an upside here, and one of around 11-13% annually until 2024E. You might not think of this as overly exciting, but let me remind you that this is the top-8 dividend king on the entire US stock market. Compared to other dividend kings, this company delivers not only safety but actually potentially market-beating returns. This is worth highlighting, and it might be worth investing in if you're the sort of investor who values safety first. Based on its history, the company has "just" become attractively valued. I base this on this double-digit realistic upside to the company's near-term and based on the recent and rather sudden crash in valuation due to a more complex near-term. The company missed 2Q22 targets and reported a slimmer underwriting profit. This isn't yet enough for me to consider the company as having broken any sort of trend or quality fundamental, but it's worth at least noting here. "Slowed activity for many businesses, reduced driving and closed courts, which delayed progress on some litigated insurance claims, have all increased the uncertainty of ultimate losses. As a result, second-quarter 2022 incurred loss ratios for several lines of business are higher than in recent periods." (Source: Steven J. Johnston, 2Q22) The company continues to target a 10-13% TSR over the next five-year period, and on that basis, I believe the business will be able to deliver such results. CINF Upside (F.A.S.T graphs) S&P Global would agree with the fact it's possible to see an upside here. The average analyst target here is $110/share, with the lowest overall PT around $100 for the company here, and a high of $130/share. All of these targets are significantly below the current share price. 2 out of 4 analysts following the dividend king have either a "BUY" or an "Outperform" rating for the company. There's still the question of how far the company could fall, with historical troughs suggesting a valuation closer to 15x, but the company could also revert here.
|CINF||US Insurance||US Market|
Return vs Industry: CINF underperformed the US Insurance industry which returned 3% over the past year.
Return vs Market: CINF underperformed the US Market which returned -11.7% over the past year.
|CINF Average Weekly Movement||5.3%|
|Insurance Industry Average Movement||5.0%|
|Market Average Movement||7.8%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||16.9%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||3.2%|
Stable Share Price: CINF is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 5% a week.
Volatility Over Time: CINF's weekly volatility (5%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
Cincinnati Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides property casualty insurance products in the United States. The company operates through five segments: Commercial Lines Insurance, Personal Lines Insurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance, Life Insurance, and Investments. The Commercial Lines Insurance segment offers coverage for commercial casualty, commercial property, commercial auto, and workers’ compensation.
Cincinnati Financial Corporation Fundamentals Summary
|CINF fundamental statistics|
Is CINF overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|CINF income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$6.36b|
Last Reported Earnings
Jun 30, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||3.40|
|Net Profit Margin||7.59%|
How did CINF perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison