GWG Holdings (GWGH) and MetLife (NYSE:MET) Head to Head Review

GWG Holdings (NASDAQ: GWGH) and MetLife (NYSE:MET) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.


This table compares GWG Holdings and MetLife’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GWG Holdings -21.92% -235.36% 4.49%
MetLife 0.30% 8.51% 0.65%

Risk and Volatility

GWG Holdings has a beta of 0.5, meaning that its stock price is 50% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MetLife has a beta of 1.46, meaning that its stock price is 46% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.2% of GWG Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.8% of MetLife shares are held by institutional investors. 77.4% of GWG Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.3% of MetLife shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares GWG Holdings and MetLife’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GWG Holdings $62.55 million 0.98 -$15.50 million ($2.68) -3.96
MetLife $63.21 billion 0.79 $817.50 million $0.09 520.17

MetLife has higher revenue and earnings than GWG Holdings. GWG Holdings is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MetLife, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for GWG Holdings and MetLife, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GWG Holdings 0 0 2 0 3.00
MetLife 1 4 7 0 2.50

GWG Holdings currently has a consensus price target of $14.50, indicating a potential upside of 36.79%. MetLife has a consensus price target of $59.71, indicating a potential upside of 27.56%. Given GWG Holdings’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe GWG Holdings is more favorable than MetLife.


MetLife pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. GWG Holdings does not pay a dividend. MetLife pays out 1,778.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. GWG Holdings has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.


MetLife beats GWG Holdings on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

GWG Holdings Company Profile

GWG Holdings, Inc. is a financial service company. The Company is a financial purchaser of life insurance assets in the secondary market. The Company creates opportunities for consumers owning life insurance to obtain value for their policies as compared to the traditional options offered by insurance companies. The Company also creates opportunities for investors to participate in alternative asset classes, such as life insurance, not correlated to traditional financial markets. The Company conducts its life insurance related business through its subsidiary, GWG Life, LLC. It generally purchases life insurance assets directly from policy owners having purchased their life insurance in the primary market. Its operational platform offers various options to customers based on the market value of their life insurance, including selling the entire policy benefit for cash, or selling a portion of the policy benefit and retaining a portion of the benefit with no future premium obligation.

MetLife Company Profile

MetLife, Inc. is a provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. The Company’s segments include U.S.; Asia; Latin America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); MetLife Holdings; Brighthouse Financial, and Corporate & Other. Its U.S. segment is organized into Group Benefits, Retirement and Income Solutions and Property & Casualty businesses. Its Asia segment offers products, including life insurance; accident and health insurance, and retirement and savings products. Latin America offers products, including life insurance, and retirement and savings products. Life insurance includes universal, variable and term life products. EMEA offers products, including life insurance, accident and health insurance, retirement and savings products, and credit insurance. The Brighthouse Financial segment offers products and services, including variable, fixed, index-linked and income annuities, as well as variable, universal, term and whole life products.

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