NYSE:MCY

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Mercury General Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal automobile insurance in the United States.

Rewards

PE ratio (13x) is below the US market (18.4x)

Earnings grew by 115.3% over the past year

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 5.19%

Risk Analysis

Earnings are forecast to decline by an average of -25.8% per year for the next 3 years



Snowflake Analysis

6 star dividend payer with solid track record.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-1.1%

MCY

0.9%

US Insurance

0.8%

US Market


1 Year Return

-11.5%

MCY

21.5%

US Insurance

17.8%

US Market

Return vs Industry: MCY underperformed the US Insurance industry which returned 21.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MCY underperformed the US Market which returned 17.8% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

MCYIndustryMarket
7 Day-1.1%0.9%0.8%
30 Day-0.5%0.07%1.8%
90 Day-11.0%-0.09%4.1%
1 Year-7.3%-11.5%24.4%21.5%20.4%17.8%
3 Year-5.4%-17.8%32.6%22.4%45.9%36.4%
5 Year11.9%-11.3%66.0%46.1%68.1%49.6%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

13.01x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: MCY ($48.53) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($26.8)

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


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: MCY is good value based on its PE Ratio (13x) compared to the Insurance industry average (16.8x).

PE vs Market: MCY is good value based on its PE Ratio (13x) compared to the US market (18.4x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: MCY's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: MCY is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.5x) compared to the US Insurance industry average (1.2x).


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Future Growth

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

-25.8%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: MCY's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-25.8% per year).

Earnings vs Market: MCY's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-25.8% per year).

High Growth Earnings: MCY's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: MCY's revenue (4.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: MCY's revenue (4.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: MCY's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (8.5%).


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Past Performance

How has Mercury General performed over the past 5 years?

2.7%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: MCY has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: MCY's current net profit margins (5.4%) are higher than last year (2.8%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: MCY's earnings have grown by 2.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: MCY's earnings growth over the past year (115.3%) exceeds its 5-year average (2.7% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: MCY earnings growth over the past year (115.3%) exceeded the Insurance industry -10.4%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: MCY's Return on Equity (11.5%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is Mercury General'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: MCY has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: MCY's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 4.1x debt).


Financial Institutions Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dividend

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

5.19%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

company5.2%marketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage2.4%forecastin3Years5.2%

Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: MCY's dividend (5.19%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.43%).

High Dividend: MCY's dividend (5.19%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.72%)


Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (67.3%), MCY's dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: MCY's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (81.9% payout ratio).


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Management

What is the CEO of Mercury General's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

11.9yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Gabe Tirador (54yo)

12.9yrs

Tenure

US$1,530,049

Compensation

Mr. Gabriel Tirador, also known as Gabe, has been the President of California Automobile Insurance Company and Mercury General Corporation since October 2001 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since  ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Gabe's total compensation ($USD1.53M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.10M).

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


Management Age and Tenure

11.9yrs

Average Tenure

53.5yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: MCY's management team is seasoned and experienced (11.9 years average tenure).


Board Age and Tenure

2.8yrs

Average Tenure

61yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: MCY's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 2.8 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Insider Trading

Insider Buying: MCY insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

BuyUS$12,23813 Nov 19
Joshua Little
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares250
Max PriceUS$48.95
BuyUS$24,85905 Nov 19
George Braunegg
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares525
Max PriceUS$47.35
SellUS$36,27017 Jun 19
Charles Toney
EntityIndividual
Shares600
Max PriceUS$60.45
BuyUS$25,43015 Mar 19
George Braunegg
EntityIndividual
Role
Member of the Board of Directors
Independent Director
Shares500
Max PriceUS$50.86

Ownership Breakdown

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


Management Team

  • Gabe Tirador (54yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 12.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.53m
  • Judy Walters (72yo)

    VP of Corporate Affairs & Secretary

    • Tenure: 37.9yrs
  • Ted Stalick (56yo)

    Senior VP & CFO

    • Tenure: 18.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$753.31k
  • Christopher Graves (53yo)

    VP & Chief Investment Officer

    • Tenure: 21.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$718.82k
  • Brandt Minnich (52yo)

    VP & Chief Marketing Officer

    • Tenure: 10.9yrs
  • Heidi Sullivan (50yo)

    VP & Chief Human Capital Officer

    • Tenure: 0yrs
  • Randall Petro (55yo)

    VP & Chief Claims Officer

    • Tenure: 4.8yrs
  • Victor Joseph (32yo)

    VP & Chief Underwriting Officer

    • Tenure: 2.4yrs
  • Erik Thompson (50yo)

    Vice President of Advertising & Public Relations

    • Tenure: 2.2yrs
  • Abby Hosseini (59yo)

    Chief Information Officer & VP

    • Tenure: 0yrs

Board Members

  • George Joseph (97yo)

    Chairman of the Board

    • Tenure: 58.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.21m
  • Gabe Tirador (54yo)

    President

    • Tenure: 12.9yrs
    • Compensation: US$1.53m
  • Jim Ellis (72yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 5.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$54.50k
  • Joshua Little (48yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$69.00k
  • Martha Marcon (70yo)

    Lead Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$101.00k
  • Ramona Cappello (59yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 1.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$12.00k
  • George Braunegg (61yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 1.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$12.00k

Company Information

Mercury General Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Mercury General Corporation
  • Ticker: MCY
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1961
  • Industry: Property and Casualty Insurance
  • Sector: Insurance
  • Market Cap: US$2.749b
  • Shares outstanding: 55.35m
  • Website: https://www.mercuryinsurance.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Mercury General Corporation
  • 4484 Wilshire Boulevard
  • Los Angeles
  • California
  • 90010
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
MCYNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1985
MCGDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 1985

Biography

Mercury General Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal automobile insurance in the United States. The company also writes homeowners, commercial automobile, commercial pro ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/12/11 23:38
End of Day Share Price2019/12/11 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.