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How AIG’s Valuation Compares after 3Q17

Raymond Anderson - Author

Nov. 15 2017, Updated 10:30 a.m. ET

Discounted valuation

American International Group (AIG) has a one-year forward price-to-earnings ratio of 20.4x, whereas its peers’ average ratio is 21.0x. National General Holdings (NGHC), Allstate (ALL), and Arch Capital Group (ACGL) have ratios of 18.8x, 15.1x, and 29.2x, respectively.

AIG’s lower valuation is mainly due its significant catastrophe losses of $3 billion in 3Q17 and its earnings per share of -$1.22. Over the last 12 months, AIG’s price-to-book ratio has been 0.76x. Peers (XLF) Allstate (ALL), National General Holdings (NGHC), and Arch Capital Group (ACGL) have ratios of 1.6x, 1.1x, and 1.4x, respectively.

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Lower investment income

AIG’s net investment income fell to $3.4 billion in 3Q17 from $3.8 billion in 3Q16, mainly due to lower investments in fixed maturity securities, alternatives, equity securities, and other investments, and higher investment expenses. In 3Q17, AIG incurred investment expenses of $136 million, compared with $115 million in 3Q16.


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