NasdaqGS:UFCS

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

United Fire Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance for individuals and businesses in the United States.


Snowflake Analysis

Second-rate dividend payer with poor track record.


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Share Price & News

How has United Fire Group's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

4.8%

UFCS

1.7%

US Insurance

1.2%

US Market


1 Year Return

-12.5%

UFCS

20.1%

US Insurance

24.2%

US Market

Return vs Industry: UFCS underperformed the US Insurance industry which returned 20.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UFCS underperformed the US Market which returned 24.7% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

UFCSIndustryMarket
7 Day4.8%1.7%1.2%
30 Day4.7%1.6%3.5%
90 Day0.9%5.8%11.7%
1 Year-10.0%-12.5%23.2%20.1%26.9%24.2%
3 Year14.3%0.6%38.1%27.4%53.0%43.2%
5 Year90.8%59.9%74.7%53.7%75.3%56.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

Is United Fire Group undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

135.3x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: UFCS ($44.39) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($25.59)

Significantly Below Fair Value: UFCS is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: UFCS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (129.1x) compared to the Insurance industry average (16.4x).

PE vs Market: UFCS is poor value based on its PE Ratio (129.1x) compared to the US market (18.9x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate UFCS's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: UFCS is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.2x) compared to the US Insurance industry average (1.2x).


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Future Growth

How is United Fire Group forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?

6.5%

Forecasted Insurance industry annual growth in earnings


In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as United Fire Group has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.


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Past Performance

How has United Fire Group performed over the past 5 years?

-22.8%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: UFCS has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: UFCS's current net profit margins (0.7%) are lower than last year (7%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UFCS's earnings have declined by -22.8% per year over the past 5 years.

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

Earnings vs Industry: UFCS had negative earnings growth (-88.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Insurance industry average (-11.3%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: UFCS's Return on Equity (0.9%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is United Fire Group'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: UFCS has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: Insufficient data to determine if UFCS's debt is covered by short term assets.


Financial Institutions Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dividend

What is United Fire Group's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

2.84%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

company2.8%marketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage2.3%forecastin3Yearsn/a

Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: UFCS's dividend (2.97%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.4%).

High Dividend: UFCS's dividend (2.97%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.66%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (372.3%), UFCS's dividend payments are not well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.


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Management

What is the CEO of United Fire Group's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

5.2yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Randy Ramlo (58yo)

12.7yrs

Tenure

US$3,131,279

Compensation

Mr. Randy Allan Ramlo serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Fire & Casualty Company. Mr. Ramlo has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Fire Group, Inc. since May 2 ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Randy's total compensation ($USD3.13M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD2.53M).

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


Management Age and Tenure

5.2yrs

Average Tenure

58yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: UFCS's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.2 years average tenure).


Board Age and Tenure

11.1yrs

Average Tenure

63yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: UFCS's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 11.1 years average tenure).


Insider Trading

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.


Management Team

  • Mike Wilkins (56yo)

    Executive VP & COO

    • Tenure: 5.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.59m
  • Neal Scharmer (63yo)

    VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    • Tenure: 18.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$879.51k
  • Barrie Ernst (65yo)

    VP & Chief Investment Officer

    • Tenure: 18yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.16m
  • Randy Ramlo (58yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 12.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.13m
  • Dawn Jaffray (52yo)

    EVP & CFO

    • Tenure: 4.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.25m
  • Mike Sheeley (58yo)

    Vice President of Corporate Marketing

    • Tenure: 1.7yrs
  • Jolene Grow

    Assistant VP & Underwriting Manager

    • Tenure: 8.7yrs
  • Brian Frese

    CTO & VP

    • Tenure: 4.2yrs
  • Randy Patten (45yo)

    Assistant VP & Controller

    • Tenure: 4.1yrs
  • Tracy Bastian

    Vice President of Human Resources

    • Tenure: 2.8yrs

Board Members

  • Jim Noyce (63yo)

    Vice Chairman of the Board

    • Tenure: 5yrs
    • Compensation: US$186.23k
  • Christopher Drahozal (57yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 23yrs
    • Compensation: US$148.48k
  • George Milligan (62yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 21yrs
    • Compensation: US$140.48k
  • Mary Quass (69yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 22yrs
    • Compensation: US$148.36k
  • Jack Evans (71yo)

    Chairman

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$190.48k
  • Kyle Skogman (68yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 20yrs
    • Compensation: US$152.48k
  • Randy Ramlo (58yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 12.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.13m
  • JP Besong (66yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 6.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$131.48k
  • Susan Voss (63yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 5.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$134.48k
  • Scott Carlton (50yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 7.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$140.48k

Company Information

United Fire Group, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: United Fire Group, Inc.
  • Ticker: UFCS
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1946
  • Industry: Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Market Cap: US$1.164b
  • Shares outstanding: 25.03m
  • Website: https://www.ufginsurance.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • United Fire Group, Inc.
  • 118 Second Avenue SE
  • Cedar Rapids
  • Iowa
  • 52401
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
UFCSNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1980

Biography

United Fire Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides property and casualty insurance for individuals and businesses in the United States. The company offers commercial and personal lines of property and casualty insurance, as well as assumed reinsurance products. Its commercial policies include fire and allied lines, other liability, automobile, workers’ compensation, and surety coverage; and personal lines comprise automobile, and fire and allied lines coverage, including homeowners. The company sells its products through a network of independent agencies. United Fire Group, Inc. was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/01/20 23:49
End of Day Share Price2020/01/17 00:00
Earnings2019/09/30
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.