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Allianz Stock: The World’s Best Insurance Company Is A Good Buy

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Insurance is a beautiful business, just ask Warren Buffett, who has used exceptional insurance businesses to generate the best long-term returns in history.

One of my first real estate investors also owned an insurance agency and that “cash cow” business allowed him to write very large checks to fund dozens of my real estate deals.

You see, insurance companies collect cash upfront, and then can prudently invest it and generate investment profits or buy other businesses while paying out on policies over time.

What’s more, if done correctly, great insurance companies can earn 5% to 10% profits on their policies, and thus earn profits for investors two ways.

Of course, done poorly, with poor risk management and a lack of underwriting discipline, insurance companies can also blow up, as we saw with AIG (AIG) in the financial crisis.

  • Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) is up 7,220% since 1990

  • AIG is still 95% below its record highs

Today we wanted to highlight Allianz (OTCPK:ALIZY), which is the world’s best insurance company.

That’s not just my opinion, it’s the collective opinion of the rating agencies, who consider the world’s largest insurance company to be the pinnacle of safety, prudent risk management, and a great long-term investment.

So let me show you the three reasons why we recommended Allianz as a dream holding that everyone should own.

This is the template tool we created so that you can profit from market corrections, by buying the best blue chips that fit your specific goals, risk profile, and time horizon.

Allianz: The World

DK Correction Planning Tool

For example, here is our correction buy list fundamental summary. You can see that the companies’ quality, risk management, yield, growth, and valuations create a wonderful combination of high-yield blue chips that analysts think can deliver Buffett-like returns.

Even adjusting for the risk of some of these companies not growing as expected, we should achieve 13% to 14% long-term returns, on par with the greatest investors in history.

So now we’ll show you why Allianz is a cornerstone of my plan to achieve John Templeton-like long-term returns and retire in safety and splendor, and you might want to buy it too.

Reason One: The Best Insurance Company In The World

The Dividend King’s overall quality scores are based on a 241-point model that includes:

  • dividend safety

  • balance sheet strength

  • credit ratings

  • credit default swap medium-term bankruptcy risk data

  • short and long-term bankruptcy risk

  • accounting and corporate fraud risk

  • profitability and business model

  • growth consensus estimates

  • management growth guidance

  • historical earnings growth rates

  • historical cash flow growth rates

  • historical dividend growth rates

  • historical sales growth rates

  • cost of capital

  • long-term risk management scores from MSCI, Morningstar, FactSet, S&P, Reuters’/Refinitiv, and Just Capital

  • management quality

  • dividend friendly corporate culture/income dependability

  • long-term total returns (a Ben Graham sign of quality)

  • analyst consensus long-term return potential

How do we know that our safety and quality model works well? And how does Allianz score on our comprehensive and accurate safety and quality models?

Allianz Dividend Safety

Rating

Dividend Kings Safety Score (151 Point Safety Model)

Approximate Dividend Cut Risk (Average Recession)

Approximate Dividend Cut Risk In Pandemic Level Recession

1 – unsafe

0% to 20%

over 4%

16+%

2- below average

21% to 40%

over 2%

8% to 16%

3 – average

41% to 60%

2%

4% to 8%

4 – safe

61% to 80%

1%

2% to 4%

5- very safe

81% to 100%

0.5%

1% to 2%

ALIZY

97%

0.5%

1.20%

Risk Rating

Low Risk (87th industry percentile consensus)

AA stable outlook credit rating 0.51% 30-year bankruptcy risk

15% OR LESS Max Risk Cap Recommendation

Long-Term Dependability

Company

DK Long-Term Dependability Score

Interpretation

Points

Non-Dependable Companies

21% or below

Poor Dependability

1

Low Dependability Companies

22% to 60%

Below-Average Dependability

2

S&P 500/Industry Average

61% (58% to 70% range)

Average Dependability

3

Above-Average

71% to 80%

Very Dependable

4

Very Good

81% or higher

Exceptional Dependability

5

ALIZY

100%

Exceptional Dependability

5

Overall Quality

ALIZY

Final Score

Rating

Safety

97%

5/5 very safe

Business Model

60%

2/3 above-average

Dependability

100%

5/5 exceptional

Total

96%

12/13 Super SWAN

Risk Rating

3/3 Low Risk

15% OR LESS Max Risk Cap Rec

10% Margin of Safety For A Potentially Good Buy

Allianz: 18th Highest Quality Master List Company (Out of 509) = 96th Percentile

The DK 500 Master List includes the world’s highest quality companies including:

  • All dividend champions

  • All dividend aristocrats

  • All dividend kings

  • All global aristocrats (such as BTI, ENB, and NVS)

  • All 13/13 Ultra Swans (as close to perfect quality as exists on Wall Street)

  • 47 of the world’s best growth stocks (on its way to 100)

Allianz’s 96% quality score means it’s similar in quality to such blue chips as

  • Microsoft (MSFT)

  • Colgate-Palmolive (CL) – dividend king

  • Mastercard (MA)

  • V.F. Corp (VFC) – dividend king

  • Amazon (AMZN)

  • Adobe (ADBE)

Even among the most elite companies on earth, Allianz is higher quality than 96% of them.

Why?

Allianz Is The Pinnacle Of Safety And Dependability

Allianz was founded in 1890 in Munich, Germany.

It has 153,000 employees in over 70 countries.

  • 53% life and health insurance

  • 42% property-casualty insurance

  • 6% asset management

  • 16% Germany

  • 7% Western Europe and Asia

  • 61% of revenue from global operations

Why do the rating agencies and I love Allianz?

This company is built to last thanks to a focus on risk management above all else.

Over the last 132 years, it has survived and prospered through:

  • dozens of recessions

  • several depressions

  • 2 World Wars

  • the cold war

  • commodity spikes

  • deflation and inflationary conditions

  • high and low-interest rates

  • approximately 100 bear markets and corrections over 132 years

  • has never missed a dividend payment since 1890

Most likely it would take a literal apocalypse to cause Allianz to miss its annual dividend payment. And in that scenario, we’re all too dead to care about dividends or our portfolios.

  • What You Need To Know About Foreign Dividend Withholding Taxes

  • Allianz is a German company so US investors face 26.375% dividend withholding taxes on their shares

  • a tax credit recoups this if you fill out the paperwork and own them in taxable accounts

With 120 million global customers Allianz is the largest insurance company with industry-leading market share and trust

  • #1 market share

  • #1 brand

  • #1 financial strength according to rating agencies

  • #1 in dividend payouts

  • an industry leader in risk management (87th industry percentile)

  • Allianz owns shares in virtually all German companies and is a proxy for the German stock market

Allianz is a true juggernaut, with $2.5 trillion in assets under management.

  • and asset management is just 6% of its business

“Allianz is the major shareholder of Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC, or PIMCO, which many of you may know. PIMCO operates as a subsidiary of Allianz following a 2000 takeover. Combining PIMCO operations and AGI operations makes Allianz one of the biggest in all of the space, with representation in most nations on earth.” – Sebastian Wolf (emphasis original)

Allianz is the world’s most trusted bond asset manager thanks to acquiring PIMCO advisors in 2000.

  • in 2021 the global bond market was $124 trillion, the largest capital market in the world

ALIZY has a great track record of delivering or exceeding on its guidance.

In fact, in terms of EPS, dividend growth, and returns on equity, its 2021 results exceeded all its targets set back in 2018.

Allianz’s efficiency plans are impressive, with a 99% reduction in product offerings and steady reductions in costs.

  • while revenue growth has accelerated to over 7% for those businesses using the new approach

In an increasingly dangerous world full of natural disasters and risk, Allianz has been boosting profitability, growth, dividends, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and long-term risk management scores from rating agencies.

  • rating agencies consider ALIZY the world’s best insurance company

  • #1 insurance company on the Master List in terms of quality, safety, and dependability

Allianz is well prepared to take on the many challenges to its industry, from high regulations to negative real interest rates, and to adapt and overcome business risks as it has for 132 years.

In fact, the reason rating agencies consider ALIZY the world’s best insurance company is because its risk management is focused on every important risk factor and stakeholder.

And it has reasonable and prudent plans, with good execution, on overcoming challenges and driving superior growth, profitability, and returns for investors, despite everything challenging its industry.

Allianz’s new businesses are growing faster than its old ones.

  • 2% to 3% from 2015 to 2020

  • 4% to 5% from 2020 to 2024

For example, Allianz Life is being transformed into an asset manager.

  • resulting in returns on equity rising from 12% to 18%

  • and accelerating growth

Allianz is one of Sebastian Wolf’s (DK and iREIT’s European expert) top 20 “buy and hold forever” companies.

Fundamentally speaking, I view Allianz as one of the safest investments on the planet. It goes in the “too big to fail” basket, with incredible diversification and operational width.” – Sebastian Wolf (emphasis orginal)

And management expects to remain a wonderful long-term dividend investment.

Allianz strives to offer attractive dividends to its shareholders. The framework for this is determined by our net income and the need for adequate capitalization.

The regular pay-out remains at 50% of Allianz Group’s net income (attributable to shareholders), however, adjusted for extraordinary and volatile items.

In the interest of an attractive dividend policy, the further objective is to pay a dividend per share in an amount of at least 5% above the amount of the previous year. This shall already apply to the dividend for fiscal year 2021.

In addition, Allianz returns excess capital to its shareholders on a flexible basis, e.g. through share buybacks.

The dividend policy is subject to a sustainable Solvency II capitalization ratio now above 150% (excluding transitional measures) – Allianz dividend policy

Management’s dedication to safe and rising dividends is clear from its dividend policy.

  • targeting 180+% solvency ratio (80+% above regulatory minimums)

  • 5+% dividend growth over time

  • 50% payout ratio (rating agencies say 50% is safe for insurance companies)

In 2021 Allianz’s capital ratio was 260%, or nearly 3X the regulatory minimum.

  • in the pandemic, it was 257%

  • this is why rating agencies consider Allianz the world’s safest and best-run insurance company

Management return guidance: 4.9% yield + 5% to 7% EPS/dividend growth = 9.9% to 11.9% CAGR long-term returns vs 9.9% S&P 500 consensus.

Management is also targeting rising customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, and long-term risk management leadership (from rating agencies).

Better returns, better yield, and much lower risk. That’s the value proposition of Allianz.

Allianz Quantitative Analysis: The Math Backing Up The Investment Thesis

Allianz Credit Ratings

Rating Agency

Credit Rating

30-Year Default/Bankruptcy Risk

Chance of Losing 100% Of Your Investment 1 In

S&P

AA stable

0.51%

196.1

Fitch

AA- stable

0.55%

181.8

Moody’s

Aa3 (AA- equivalent) Stable

0.55%

181.8

AmBest

A+ stable

0.60%

166.7

Consensus

AA- stable

0.55%

181.0

(Sources: S&P, Fitch, Moody’s, AMBest)

Allianz is the highest-rated private insurance company in the world.

A 1 in 181 chance of losing all your money in the next 30 years.

Allianz Bond Profile

  • well-staggered debt maturities

  • bond investors are so confident in Allianz’s long-term growth plan they are willing to lend to it for 23 years at 3.55%

Allianz Credit Default Swaps: Bond Market’s Real-Time Fundamental Risk Assessment

Allianz Credit Default Swaps: Bond Market

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Credit default Swaps are insurance policies bond investors take out against default.

  • the bond market’s real-time estimate of fundamental risk

  • very useful when headlines are scary and stock prices are crashing

  • Allianz’s fundamental risk has risen somewhat after the invasion of Ukraine

  • but is still low on an absolute basis and consistent with A- positive outlook credit ratings

  • when the stock price is crashing but the fundamental risk remains stable you can buy with more confidence

  • analysts, rating agencies, and the bond market are all confirming ALIZY’s investment thesis remains intact

Allianz Profitability: Wall Street’s Favorite Quality Proxy

Allianz historically has above-average profitability, in the top 30% of peers.

In 2021, they were impacted by pandemic-related expenses (excess deaths) and various global catastrophes.

For context, many insurance companies run combined ratios (payouts/revenue) of more than 100%.

  • In 2020, Ernst & Young estimates a 100.7% average industry combined ratio

  • insurance companies lost money on policies

  • 98.6% combined ratio for the best insurance companies

  • Allianz was 96.3% (3.7% profitability on policies even with maximum pandemic impact)

Allianz’s combined ratio peaked at 96.3% during the pandemic and is expected to fall to 92% to 93% in the future (94% to 95% historical range in the last decade)

  • In the last 13 years, the peak combined ratio was 98.4% during 2009

  • Even in the worst financial crisis in over 75 years Allianz’s superior risk management meant it still made a profit on its policy underwriting

  • Allianz is a master at conservative underwriting and risk management

Allianz Trailing 12-Month Profitability Vs Peers

Metric

Industry Percentile

Major Insurance Companies More Profitable Than ALIZY (Out Of 501)

Net Margin

43.97

281

Return On Equity

48.79

257

Return On Assets

28.14

360

Average

40.30

299

(Source: Gurufocus Premium)

Allianz’s profitability fell to the 40th percentile during the pandemic, but analysts are confident that profitability will spring back quickly once this crisis passes.

Allianz has had relatively stale profitability for the last 20 years, confirming a narrow and stable moat.

Allianz Profit Margin Consensus Forecast

Year

FCF Margin

EBIT (Operating) Margin

Net Margin

2020

5.6%

7.7%

4.8%

2021

4.4%

9.0%

4.5%

2022

3.4%

9.0%

5.7%

2023

3.4%

9.1%

6.1%

2024

3.0%

9.2%

6.1%

2025

NA

9.3%

6.5%

Annualized Growth

-14.67%

3.98%

5.89%

Annualized Growth (Ignoring Pandemic

-12.07%

0.76%

9.72%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

FCF margins are expected to fall due to heavier growth spending.

But operating margins and net margins are expected to grow steadily, and almost double-digits for net margins.

Allianz Tax Consensus Forecast

Year

Pre-Tax Profit

Tax Costs

Tax Rate

2020

$11,656

$2,997

25.71%

2021

$10,796

$2,739

25.37%

2022

$14,003

$3,455

24.67%

2023

$15,595

$3,931

25.21%

2024

$16,263

$4,110

25.27%

2025

$17,269

$4,055

23.48%

Annualized Growth

8.18%

6.23%

-1.80%

Total Taxes 2020 through 2025

$21,287

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Allianz’s historical tax rate is about 25%, and that’s expected to continue in the future.

Allianz Dividend Consensus Forecast

Year

Dividend Consensus

EPS/Share Consensus

Payout Ratio

Retained (Post-Dividend) Earnings

Buyback Potential

2021

$1.22

$1.80

67.8%

$2,368

2.70%

2022

$1.28

$2.50

51.2%

$4,980

5.68%

2023

$1.36

$2.75

49.5%

$5,674

6.47%

2024

$1.45

$2.97

48.8%

$6,205

7.08%

2025

$1.64

$3.44

47.7%

$7,348

8.38%

Total 2021 Through 2025

$6.95

$13.46

51.6%

$26,573.82

30.32%

Annualized Rate

7.68%

17.58%

-8.42%

32.73%

32.73%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

50% is the safe payout ratio for insurance companies according to rating agencies and that’s management’s long-term payout ratio policy.

Analysts expect Allianz to maintain that over time, allowing it to grow the dividend about 7.5% annually while retaining almost $27 billion in post-dividend earnings.

That’s enough to potentially buy back 30% of its shares at current valuations.

Allianz Buyback Consensus Forecast

Year

Consensus Buybacks ($ Millions)

% Of Shares (At Current Valuations)

Market Cap

2022

$1,844.0

2.1%

$87,635

2023

$2,128.0

2.4%

$87,635

2024

$2,268.0

2.6%

$87,635

2025

$3,389.0

3.9%

$87,635

Total 2022-2025

$9,629.00

11.0%

$87,635

Annualized Rate

2.87%

Average Annual Buybacks

$2,407.25

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Analysts expect $2.4 billion in buybacks through 2025, or nearly 3% per year at current valuations.

ALIZY began buying back shares in 2017 and has averaged a net rate of 1.9% annually since then.

Time Frame (Years)

Net Buyback Rate

Shares Remaining

Net Shares Repurchased

5

1.9%

90.85%

9.15%

10

1.9%

82.54%

17.46%

15

1.9%

75.00%

25.00%

20

1.9%

68.14%

31.86%

25

1.9%

61.90%

38.10%

30

1.9%

56.24%

43.76%

35

1.9%

51.10%

48.90%

40

1.9%

46.43%

53.57%

45

1.9%

42.18%

57.82%

50

1.9%

38.32%

61.68%

55

1.9%

34.82%

65.18%

60

1.9%

31.63%

68.37%

65

1.9%

28.74%

71.26%

70

1.9%

26.11%

73.89%

75

1.9%

23.72%

76.28%

80

1.9%

21.55%

78.45%

85

1.9%

19.58%

80.42%

90

1.9%

17.79%

82.21%

95

1.9%

16.16%

83.84%

100

1.9%

14.69%

85.31%

That might not sound impressive, but it adds up over time.

In the next decade, alone Allianz could reduce its share count by 17.5%.

Bottom line, Dividend Kings, Sebastion Wolf, and the rating agencies consider Allianz to be the world’s safest, best run, and highest quality insurance company.

In other words, this is a 5% yield retirees can trust in all economic and market conditions.

Reason Two: Solid Growth Prospects For Decades To Come

What kind of growth do analysts expect from Allianz in the next few years?

Allianz Medium-Term Consensus Forecast

Year

Sales

Free Cash Flow

EBIT (Operating Income)

Net Income

2020

$170,384

$9,565

$13,038

$8,255

2021

$168,822

$7,390

$15,234

$7,515

2022

$172,603

$5,909

$15,595

$9,919

2023

$179,084

$6,152

$16,263

$10,914

2024

$187,859

$5,590

$17,269

$11,553

2025

$193,997

NA

$18,045

$12,515

Annualized Growth

2.63%

-12.57%

6.72%

8.68%

Annualized Growth (Ignoring Pandemic

3.54%

-8.89%

4.32%

13.60%

(Source: FactSet Research Terminal)

Allianz isn’t just the biggest insurance company on Earth, it’s also one of the fastest-growing as far as net income goes. By 2027, it could be generating over $200 billion in revenue.

Metric

2021 Growth Consensus

2022 Growth Consensus

2023 Growth Consensus

2024 Growth Consensus (Bond Market Recession Forecast)

2025 Growth Consensus (Recession Recovery)

Sales

-4%

34%

4%

NA

NA

Dividend

13%

7%

6%

7%

14%

EPS

-9%

39%

10%

8%

16%

Operating Cash Flow

174%

12%

4%

NA

NA

Free Cash Flow

-22%

6%

2%

NA

NA

Book Value

-1%

9%

5%

4%

NA

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet Research Terminal)

Even with recession risks rising, analysts expect strong growth from Allianz both in terms of earnings and dividends in the future.

Allianz Long-Term Growth Outlook

Analysts (especially Deutsche Bank) are very bullish on Allianz’s growth prospects, but we’re using mid-range management guidance of 6% in our long-term return models.

  • FAST Graphs doesn’t have much historical data for ALIZY (only since 2019) so we’re using the available margins-of-error of 5% to the upside and 15% to the downside

  • creating a 5% to 21% CAGR margin-of-error adjusted growth range of 5% to 20% (including management guidance range)

What does that mean for income investors?

Investment Strategy

Yield

LT Consensus Growth

LT Consensus Total Return Potential

Long-Term Risk-Adjusted Expected Return

Long-Term Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns

Years To Double Your Inflation & Risk-Adjusted Wealth

10 Year Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Return

Safe Midstream

5.5%

6.0%

11.5%

8.1%

5.9%

12.3

1.77

Allianz (Management Guidance)

4.9%

6.00%

10.9%

7.6%

5.5%

13.2

1.70

Allianz (Consensus)

4.9%

16.70%

21.6%

15.1%

12.9%

5.6

3.38

Realty Income

4.6%

5.2%

9.8%

6.9%

4.7%

15.4

1.58

Safe Midstream + Growth

3.3%

8.5%

11.8%

8.3%

6.1%

11.8

1.80

REITs

2.9%

6.5%

9.4%

6.6%

4.4%

16.4

1.54

High-Yield

2.8%

11.3%

14.1%

9.9%

7.7%

9.4

2.10

Europe

2.6%

12.8%

15.4%

10.7%

8.6%

8.4

2.27

10-Year US Treasury

2.3%

0.0%

2.3%

1.6%

-0.5%

-131.1

0.95

Dividend Aristocrats

2.2%

8.9%

11.1%

7.8%

5.6%

12.9

1.72

60/40 Retirement Portfolio

2.1%

5.1%

7.2%

5.1%

2.9%

24.9

1.33

Stanley Black & Decker

2.1%

10.0%

12.1%

8.5%

6.3%

11.4

1.84

Value

2.1%

12.1%

14.1%

9.9%

7.7%

9.3

2.10

REITs + Growth

1.8%

8.9%

10.6%

7.4%

5.2%

13.7

1.67

High-Yield + Growth

1.7%

11.0%

12.7%

8.9%

6.7%

10.8

1.91

Dividend Growth

1.6%

8.0%

9.6%

6.7%

4.5%

15.9

1.56

S&P 500

1.4%

8.5%

9.9%

7.0%

4.8%

15.1

1.59

Nasdaq (Growth)

0.8%

10.7%

11.5%

8.1%

5.9%

12.3

1.77

(Sources: Morningstar, FactSet, Ycharts)

Analysts expect explosive growth from Allianz, to drive Buffett-like returns.

Management says about 11% long-term returns are likely, about 1% more than the S&P 500.

  • but with more than 3X the much safer yield

  • and minimal fundamental risk (Allianz has NEVER missed a dividend payment, not in 132 years)

And guess what? Even in a 17% overvalued market, Allianz is the classic Buffett-style “wonderful company at a fair price”.

Reason Three: A Wonderful Company At A Fair Price

  • FAST Graphs only has two years of data for ALIZY

The fair value range of 11 to 14 PE is estimated based on the available data.

  • Ycharts also has just two years of data

To estimate ALIZY’s historical fair value PE we’re using GuruFocus Premium (Morningstar data)

  • 13-year median PE (modern low rate/higher regulatory environment) 10.63

  • 13-year range: 5.1 (pandemic low) to 14.5 (bubble)

Reasonable range: 9 to 12 PE

Metric

Historical Fair Value Multiples (all years)

2021

2022

2023

2024

12-Month Forward Fair Value

13-Year Median Yield

4.38%

$27.85

$26.60

$26.60

$33.11

Earnings

10.63

$19.13

$26.58

$29.23

$31.57

Average

$22.68

$26.59

$27.85

$32.32

$26.88

Current Price

$23.69

Discount To Fair Value

-4.43%

10.89%

14.95%

26.70%

11.86%

Upside To Fair Value (NOT Including Dividends)

-4.24%

12.23%

17.57%

36.43%

13.46% (19% including dividend)

2022 EPS

2023 EPS

2022 Weighted EPS

2023 Weighted EPS

12-Month Forward EPS

12-Month Average Fair Value Forward PE

Current Forward PE

$2.50

$2.75

$1.92

$0.63

$2.56

10.5

9.3

We estimate Allianz is worth about 10.5X earnings and today trades at 9.3.

  • no investor in history (that avoided becoming a forced seller for emotional or financial reasons) has ever regretted buying ALIZY at 9.3X earnings

  • based on current data, there is an 80% chance today won’t be the first time

Analyst Median 12-Month Price Target

Morningstar Fair Value Estimate

$28.42 (10.3 PE)

$24.74 (9.7 PE) – quantitative model based on industry peers

Discount To Price Target (Not A Fair Value Estimate)

Discount To Fair Value

16.64%

4.24%

Upside To Price Target (Not Including Dividend)

Upside To Fair Value (Not Including Dividend)

19.97%

4.43%

12-Month Median Total Return Price (Including Dividend)

Fair Value + 12-Month Dividend

$29.59

$25.91

Discount To Total Price Target (Not A Fair Value Estimate)

Discount To Fair Value + 12-Month Dividend

19.93%

8.55%

Upside To Price Target ( Including Dividend)

Upside To Fair Value + Dividend

24.88%

9.35%

Morningstar’s quantitative model is based on the current values of industry peers.

  • ALIZY trades at a premium to peers because of superior quality and risk management

Analysts expect ALIZY to return to fair value within a year, generating 25% total returns.

Rating

Margin Of Safety For Low-Risk 12/13 Super SWAN Quality Companies

2022 Price

2023 Price

12-Month Forward Fair Value

Potentially Reasonable Buy

0%

$26.59

$27.85

$26.88

Potentially Good Buy

10%

$23.93

$25.07

$24.19

Potentially Strong Buy

20%

$21.27

$22.28

$21.50

Potentially Very Strong Buy

30%

$16.75

$19.50

$18.82

Potentially Ultra-Value Buy

40%

$15.95

$16.71

$16.13

Currently

$23.69

10.89%

14.95%

11.86%

Upside To Fair Value (Not Including Dividends)

12.23%

17.57%

13.46%

For anyone comfortable with its risk profile, Allianz is a potentially good buy, and here’s why.

Consensus Return Potential That Far Exceeds The Market

For context, here’s the return potential of the 18% overvalued S&P 500.

Year

EPS Consensus

YOY Growth

Forward PE

Blended PE

Overvaluation (Forward PE)

Overvaluation (Blended PE)

2021

$206.32

50.39%

20.7

21.4

20%

22%

2022

$225.15

9.13%

20.0

20.4

16%

16%

2023

$247.63

9.98%

18.2

19.1

6%

9%

2024

$274.54

10.87%

16.4

17.3

-4%

-2%

12-Month forward EPS

12-Month Forward PE

Historical Overvaluation

PEG

25-Year Average PEG

S&P 500 Dividend Yield

25-Year Average Dividend Yield

$227.41

19.839

17.88%

2.33

3.62

1.44%

2.01%

(Source: DK S&P 500 Valuation And Total Return Tool) updated weekly

Stocks have already priced in 96% EPS growth from 2020 through 2024 and are trading at 18.5X forward earnings.

  • 16.84 is the 25-year average

  • 14% correction needed to get back to historical market fair value

S&P 500 2027 Consensus Return Potential

Year

Upside Potential By End of That Year

Consensus CAGR Return Potential By End of That Year

Probability-Weighted Return (Annualized)

Inflation And Risk-Adjusted Expected Returns

2027

34.75%

6.15%

4.61%

1.27%

(Source: DK S&P 500 Valuation And Total Return Tool)

Adjusted for inflation, the risk expected returns of the S&P 500 are about 1.3% for the next five years.

  • S&P’s historical inflation-adjusted returns are 6% to 7% CAGR

S&P Earnings Yield

10-Year US Treasury Yield

Earning Yield Risk Premium (3.7% 10 and 20-year average)

5.04%

2.37%

2.67%

Theoretical Interest Rate Justified Market Fair Value Forward PE

Current PE

Theoretically Interest Rate Justified Market Decline

16.47

19.84

17.00%

(Source: DK S&P 500 Valuation And Total Return Tool) updated weekly

Even adjusting for low (and rising) interest rates, stocks still require an even larger 17% correction before they become theoretically fairly valued.

But here’s what investors buying ALIZY today can reasonably expect (5% to 20% growth and 9 to 12 PE)

  • 5-year consensus return potential range: 8% to 19% CAGR

Allianz 2023 Consensus Return Potential

Allianz 2023 Consensus Return Potential

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet Research)

If ALIZY grows as expected and returns to historical fair value, it could deliver 35% total returns in the next two years, or 18% annually.

  • Buffett-like returns from a blue-chip bargain hiding in plain sight

Allianz 2027 Management Guidance Return Potential

Allianz 2027 Management Guidance Return Potential

(Source: FAST Graphs, FactSet Research)

Over the next five years, management thinks it can almost double your money, delivering 3X better return than the S&P 500.

And with more than 3X the yield right up front. From a company that hasn’t missed a dividend payment in 132 years.

Risk Profile: Why Allianz Isn’t Right For Everyone

There are no risk-free companies and no company is right for everyone. You have to be comfortable with the fundamental risk profile.

Allianz’s Risk Profile Summary

  • regulatory risk: mostly pertaining to tax rates and capital requirements

  • interest rate risk: portfolio yield affected by interest rates

  • equity risk: from the stocks they own in their portfolios

  • credit spread risk: bond values are affected by credit market conditions

  • inflation risk: higher inflation hurts reinsurance profits

  • currency risk: ALIZY operates in over 70 countries (uses hedges to manage this)

  • underwriting risk: potentially larger than expected losses due to disasters and black swans like pandemics

  • credit risks: if counterparties fail

  • labor retention risk (tightest job market in over 50 years and finance is a high paying industry) – rising wage pressures around the world

  • accounting fraud risk: significantly less than 17.5% statistical chance of accounting fraud

Recession Watch

The bond futures market expects the 10-2 yield curve to invert in July and a mild recession to begin around February 2024.

Bonds

Yield

3-Month Treasury Yield

0.53%

2-Year Treasury Yield

2.14%

10-Year Treasury Yield

2.37%

10-3M Curve (Most Accurate Recession Forecasting Tool)

1.85%

10-2 Curve (Most Popular Yield Curve Followed By Wall Street)

0.23% (up from recent low of 0.15%)

Bond Futures Pricing In Inversion

June 2022

Bond Futures Pricing In Recession Start

January 2024

(Source: DK S&P 500 Valuation & Total Return Tool)

The 10-2 curve is the most closely watched by Wall Street but a study from the NY Fed finds that the 10-3M curve is the most accurate at forecasting recessions.

Currently, the bond market is mildly concerned about recession risk and we are monitoring the situation closely each day.

  • recession scare is likely in the next few months

  • yield curve + BaR economic grid makes it very likely that we’ll see a recession coming at least 12 months out

How do we quantify, monitor, and track such a complex risk profile? By doing what big institutions do.

Material Financial ESG Risk Analysis: How Large Institutions Measure Total Risk

Here is a special report that outlines the most important aspects of understanding long-term ESG financial risks for your investments.

  • ESG is NOT “political or personal ethics based investing”

  • it’s total long-term risk management analysis

“ESG is just normal risk by another name.” Simon MacMahon, head of ESG and corporate governance research, Sustainalytics” – Morningstar

ESG factors are taken into consideration, alongside all other credit factors, when we consider they are relevant to and have or may have a material influence on creditworthiness.” – S&P

ESG is a measure of risk, not of ethics, political correctness, or personal opinion.

S&P, Fitch, Moody’s, DBRS (Canadian rating agency), AMBest (insurance rating agency), R&I Credit Rating (Japanese rating agency), and the Japan Credit Rating Agency have been using ESG models in their credit ratings for decades.

  • credit and risk management ratings make up 41% of the DK safety and quality model

  • dividend/balance sheet/risk ratings make up 82% of the DK safety and quality model

Allianz Long-Term Risk Management Consensus

Rating Agency

Industry Percentile

Rating Agency Classification

MSCI 37 Metric Model

100%

AAA Industry Leader, Stable Trend

Morningstar/Sustainalytics 20 Metric Model

93.2%

16.1/100 Low-Risk

Reuters’/Refinitiv 500+ Metric Model

100.0%

Exceptional, #1 Industry Leader

S&P 1,000+ Metric Model

93.0%

Exceptional- Stable Trend

FactSet

50.0%

Average- Positive Trend

Morningstar Global Percentile

88.4%

Very Good

Consensus

87.4%

Very Good, Bordering On Exceptional

(Sources: MSCI, Morningstar, Reuters’, S&P, FactSet Research)

Allianz Long-Term Risk Management Is The 20th Best In The Master List (96th Percentile)

For context:

  • master list average: 62nd percentile

  • dividend kings: 63rd percentile

  • aristocrats: 67th percentile

  • Ultra SWANs: 71st percentile

Allianz’s risk management consensus is in the top 4% of the world’s highest quality companies and similar to that of such other companies as

  • Amgen (AMGN)

  • Enbridge (ENB) – global aristocrat

  • 3M (MMM) – dividend king

  • Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS)

  • Texas Instruments (TXN)

  • Lockheed Martin (LMT)

  • Colgate-Palmolive (CL) – dividend king

  • Microsoft (MSFT)

  • Adobe (ADBE)

The bottom line is that all companies have risks, and Allianz is very good (bordering on exceptional) at managing theirs.

How We Monitor Allianz’s Risk Profile

  • 19 analysts

  • 4 credit rating agencies

  • 8 total risk rating agencies

  • 27 experts who collectively know this business better than anyone other than management

  • and the bond market for real-time fundamental risk analysis

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do sir?” – John Maynard Keynes

There are no sacred cows at iREIT or Dividend Kings. Wherever the fundamentals lead we always follow. That’s the essence of disciplined financial science, the math for retiring rich and staying rich in retirement.

Bottom Line: The Best Insurance Company In The World Is A Good Buy

Guess what companies benefit most from rising interest rates? Financials, including insurance companies.

And guess what interest rates are doing now? Soaring, and that’s expected to continue for the next few months or even several years.

But we never recommend blue chips just because they are a great way to profit from a high probability macro event.

Reasons To Potentially Buy Allianz Today

  • 96% quality low-risk 12/13 Super SWAN quality insurance company

  • the world’s best insurance company according to rating agencies

  • very safe 4.9% yield (97% safety score)

  • 2-year dividend growth streak (frozen during the pandemic)

  • 12% conservatively undervalued (potential good buy)

  • Fair Value: $29.33

  • 9.3 PE vs 9 to 12 historical (10.63X 13-year median)

  • AA stable outlook credit rating = 0.51% 30-year bankruptcy risk

  • risk management consensus 87th industry percentile = Very Good

  • risk management top 4% of the world’s best companies

  • 5% to 20% CAGR margin-of-error growth consensus range

  • 16.7% CAGR median growth consensus

  • management guidance: 5% to 7% CAGR growth

  • 5-year consensus total return potential: 8% to 19% CAGR

  • base-case 5-year consensus return potential: 11% CAGR (3X market consensus)

  • consensus 12-month total return forecast: 25%

  • Fundamentally Justified 12-Month Returns: 19% CAGR

Is your goal maximum safe yield?

Then buy 5% yielding Allianz, which hasn’t missed a dividend in 132 years.

  • WWI, WWII, the Great Depression, and a flu pandemic that wiped out 5% of humanity weren’t enough to sink this dividend.

Want maximum safety and quality?

Rating agencies and the 241 point DK safety and quality model say there is literally no higher quality insurance company on earth.

Looking for market-beating long-term returns and foreign diversification? Allianz has you covered.

In a scary world full of risks, managing those risks is the key to retiring in safety and splendor.

And when it comes to understanding and managing risk, no one does it better than insurance companies.

And when it comes to the ultimate risk management king, Allianz is a name you can trust to see you through literally anything that could be coming next for the economy and stock market.

Author’s Note: Brad Thomas is a Wall Street writer, which means he’s not always right with his predictions or recommendations. Since that also applies to his grammar, please excuse any typos you may find. Also, this article is free: written and distributed only to assist in research while providing a forum for second-level thinking.

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