Prudential Financial, Inc. ( PRU Quick Quote PRU - Free Report) remains well-poised for growth, driven by higher premiums, strategic acquisitions, favorable underwriting results and effective capital deployment. Zacks Rank & Price Performance
Prudential Financial currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). In the past year, PRU stock has lost 0.5% against the
industry’s growth of 6.7%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Return on Equity
PRU’s return on equity for the trailing 12 months is 14%, which compares favorably with the industry average of 9.7%. This reflects efficiency in utilizing shareholders’ funds.
Optimistic Growth Projections
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Prudential Financial’s 2023 and 2024 earnings per share is pegged at $11.90 and $12.91, indicating a respective year-over-year increase of 25.7% and 8.5%.
Prudential Financial’s international businesses remain well-poised to gain from continued business growth, higher net investment spread, lower expenses and higher earnings from joint venture investments, as well as favorable underwriting results.
U.S. businesses should continue to gain from a higher net investment spread, which includes benefits from variable investment income, lower expenses on the back of cost-saving initiatives and rising interest rates. Given its leading position in universal, term and variable life insurance and expanding Retirement business, premium growth is likely to continue in the coming quarters. The U.S. business continues to shift toward higher growth and less market-sensitive products and markets, enhance customer experience, while reducing costs and further expanding addressable markets. The multi-line insurer continues to invest in acquisitions and partnerships that enable it to grow in emerging markets. In the third quarter of 2022, the company acquired a 33% minority interest in Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited in South Africa. This investment is consistent with PRU’s strategic focus internationally on higher-growth emerging markets. The deal furthers the partnership’s specific objective to identify and make strategic investments in high-quality financial services companies in selected African geographies. Prudential Financial undertakes several strategic initiatives, which poise it well for long-term growth. It continues to invest in the long-term sustainable growth of the business through programmatic acquisitions and partnerships in emerging markets to build scale and complement businesses in support of long-term growth. The company’s solid financial position provides it with the flexibility to execute its transformation and invest in the long-term growth of businesses. Prudential Financial has been increasing its dividend for the past 15 years. In February 2023, the board also authorized 4% dividend increase beginning in the first quarter, which represents the 15th consecutive annual dividend increase. PRU continues to balance investments in the growth of businesses with returning capital to shareholders. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2023 earnings has moved 1% north in the past 30 days. This should instill investors' confidence in the stock. Stocks to Consider
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