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Selective Insurance (SIGI) Okays Buyback Program Worth $100M

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The board of directors of Selective Insurance Group Inc. (SIGI - Free Report) recently authorized a share buyback program to return more value to investors. The latest authorization will allow the company to spend up to $100 million to repurchase its common stock.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) insurer remains committed toward boosting shareholder value through such share repurchases and dividend payouts. Selective Insurance flaunts a sound capital structure and remains committed toward protecting the interests of its policyholders and shareholders alike while improving its financial strength and underwriting capabilities.

Concurrent with the third-quarter earnings release, the company’s board of directors had approved a 9% hike in the quarterly cash dividend. Its dividend yield of 1.6% appears attractive compared with the industry average of 0.4%. Such steadfast endeavors buoy confidence among investors, making it an attractive pick for yield-seeking investors

The company boasts a long-term outperformance in total shareholder return relative to the S&P P&C insurance index and S&P 500 over the past 10 years.

Sustained operating excellence across its Commercial Lines, Personal Lines and Excess & Surplus segments, pricing prudence, new business growth and high retention ratio should continue to help this property and casualty insurer enhance its shareholder value.

Shares of Selective Insurance have lost 1.5% year to date compared with the industry’s decrease of 5.1%. Geographic expansions, improvement in premiums, improved rate environment leading to better investment income and solid capital position should help shares bounce back.  

Recently, Assurant’s (AIZ - Free Report) board of directors approved a 5% hike while the board of directors of RLI Corp. (RLI - Free Report) approved a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share. The board of directors of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (AEL - Free Report) approved a 6% hike in its annual dividend.

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