CNO Financial Group, Inc. ( CNO Quick Quote CNO - Free Report) have gained 26.2% in the past year compared with the industry’s 8.4% growth. The Finance sector and the S&P 500 composite index rose 11.9% and 18.7%, respectively, in the same time frame. With a market capitalization of $2.7 billion, the average volume of shares traded in the last three months was 0.6 million.
Improved premiums, acquisitions and partnerships, technology upgradation and a sound financial position continue to drive CNO Financial.
Return on equity in the trailing 12 months is currently pegged at 14.5%, which is higher than the industry’s average of 10.5%. This substantiates the company’s efficiency in utilizing shareholders’ funds.
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The Zacks Consensus Estimate for CNO Financial’s 2023 earnings is pegged at $2.61 per share, indicating a 12% increase from the year-ago reported figure. The consensus mark for revenues stands at $3.7 billion, implying 4.3% growth from the prior-year number.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2024 earnings is pegged at $2.96 per share, indicating a 13.4% increase from the 2023 estimate. The consensus mark for revenues stands at $3.8 billion, implying 1.1% growth from the 2023 estimate. CNO Financial is poised to benefit from a well-diversified product portfolio comprising health insurance, annuity, individual life insurance and other insurance products. A diversified portfolio also equips the company to manage risks effectively and ensures a steady flow of premiums, which is one of the vital contributors to an insurer’s top line.
CNO launches new products as well as upgrade existing ones as per the market needs, which is expected to fetch higher premiums in the days ahead.
This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) insurer resorts to acquisitions or partnerships for strengthening its product and services suite, which in turn, may expand its customer base. Its unit, Optavise, collaborated with the clinical-first care navigation company SentryHealth this August to bolster its portfolio of advocacy services and assure the wellbeing of its employers’ workforce.
CNO Financial pursues technology investments to enhance operational efficiencies, agent productivity and online sales of its insurance products. Such investments seem time opportune considering the growing digitization across every sphere of life. It has a digital health insurance marketplace in place, which is called myHealthPolicy.com.
Additionally, it boasts a strong financial position, substantiated by sound cash reserves. The financial strength equips the insurer to pursue business investments and enable the prudent deployment of capital through share repurchases and dividend payments.
CNO boasts an impressive
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