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6 Mid-Cap Financial Companies for Value Investors to Watch

Most talk of the financial industry centers around the major players like Bank of America (BAC), J.P. Morgan (JPM), Wells Fargo (WFC), or even major insurance companies like AFLAC (AFL). 
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.
Michael Teague is a staff writer for Equities.com. His previous experience includes three years as the associate editor of Los Angeles-based Al Jadid Magazine, a bi-annual review of the arts & culture of the Middle East, where he contributed many articles on the region in the form of features and book & film reviews. His educational background includes a BA in French literature from the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a startling proclivity for anything having to do with the 19th century.

Most talk of the financial industry centers around the major players like Bank of America (BAC)J.P. Morgan (JPM)Wells Fargo (WFC), or even major insurance companies like AFLAC (AFL).  This makes sense because the size of these companies makes their every move consequential for the rest of their respective industries and sectors, if not the market as a whole. But the reality is that the financial industry is made up of hundreds of companies–mid-sized banks, and specialty insurance providers for instance—that do not receive as much, if any, attention, but whose performance on the market may warrant a closer look.

The following stocks, on the other hand, represent mid-cap ($2 billion to $10 billion) U.S.-based financial companies on the S&P 500 index.  They were chosen based on their low price-to-book ratios (1 or under) and price-to-earnings ratios (15 or under) as these are potential signals that they are undervalued by the market.  With this in mind, and considering their relatively positive performances over the past 6 months, and modestly positive earnings-per-share growth projected for the next 5 years, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on them:

Lincoln Nation Corp. (LNC) – The American Life Insurance provider, named after the 16th president of the United States, has a market cap of $8.04 billion, a P/B ratio of 0.54, a P/E ratio of 6.49.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 23.24 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 8.52 percent.  Lincoln national also offers a dividend yield of 1.64 percent.

Assurant Inc. (AIZ) – The New York-based accident insurance provider has a market cap of $3.23 billion, a P/B ratio of 0.62, a P/E ratio of 7.34.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 19.88 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 9.67 percent.  Assurant has a solid dividend yield of 2.05 percent.

Unum Group (UNM) – Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the accident and life insurance provider has a market cap of $6.59 billion, a P/B ratio of 0.75, a P/E ratio of 7.54.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 25.04 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 7.83 percent.  Unum sports a dividend yield of 2.17 percent.

Huntington Bancshares Inc. (HBAN) – The Columbus, Ohio bank serves Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.  It has a market cap of $5.78 billion, a P/B ratio of 1.00, a P/E ratio of 9.66.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 6.52 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 6 percent.  Additionally, Huntington’s dividend yield is at 2.33 percent.

Principal Financial Group Inc. (PFG) – The Des Moines, Iowa-based asset management company has a market cap of $9.07 billion, a P/B ratio of 0.92, a P/E ratio of 11.98.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 18.20 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 11.08 percent.  To sweeten these numbers is Principal’s healthy dividend yield of 2.98 percent.

Comerica Incoporated (CMA) – Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the bank has a market cap of $6.32 billion, a P/B ratio of 0.91, a P/E ratio of 12.54.  Over the past six months, the company has gained 7.73 percent, with a projected EPS growth for the next five years of 7.17 percent.  Additionally, CMA also offers a dividend yield of 2.02 percent.