Lincoln National Corp. LNC is set for growth on the back of an improving economy and increased awareness for life insurance products due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings for the current year has been revised 10.5% upward over the past 60 days. The stock presently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) and has an impressive Value Score of B. Back-tested results show that stocks with a Growth Score of A or B, when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or 2, handily outperform other stocks.
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This insurance company is a good addition to your portfolio, given solid fundamentals and improving economic conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the importance of getting life insurance coverage and the improving employment scenario bodes well for the Group insurance business. Of late, the pandemic headwinds have been declining and vaccines are more widely being rolled out. This combination of underlying growth and improving mortality results positions the company well for growth of the Life Insurance and Group businesses.
The company’s Retirement business is also poised to benefit from an improved economic backdrop and an expanding set of retirement solutions products.
Lincoln National is adding to its distribution force by attracting insurance advisors, which would be beneficial for sales growth.
The company has done an impressive job of protecting investment returns in the face of a low-interest rate environment. Its portfolio is performing quite well with a high credit quality, which has been improving in recent years. It is to be noted that 96% of its fixed-income assets are investment-grade, with 59% rated A or higher. Investment income has been rising over the past several years and should continue to do so as it also invests in alternative avenues, which have performed strongly in recent quarters.
Apart from working on growing the top line via product innovation, the company is working to slash costs for preserving margins. It continues to report declining expense ratios in most of its businesses. It is investing in client-facing digital tools, which will improve user experience and improve the company’s efficiency. Expense-saving initiatives will continue to contribute to earnings growth.
Solid Capital Position
We cannot overlook its robust balance sheet and strong free cash flow generation. This combination helps in effective capital deployment on the back of a strong capital position, improving capital market and a positive outlook for its business.
Share Price Performance
The stock has gained 32.3% year to date compared with the industry’s decline of 1.13%.
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Other players in the same space like Aflac Inc. AFL, Principal Financial Group, Inc. PFG, and Manulife Financial Corp. MFC have gained 22.7%, 32.5%, and 10.3%, respectively, over the same time frame.
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