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Validea’s Top Five Financial Stocks Based On Peter Lynch – 5/8/2022

The following are the top rated Financial stocks according to Validea’s P/E/Growth Investor model based on the published strategy of Peter Lynch. This strategy looks for stocks trading at a reasonable price relative to earnings growth that also possess strong balance sheets.

AMERICAN EQUITY INVESTMENT LIFE HOLDING (AEL) is a mid-cap value stock in the Insurance (Life) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch is 100% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: American Equity Investment Life Holding Company is engaged in the development and sale of fixed index and fixed rate annuity products. The Company issues fixed annuity products through its life insurance subsidiaries, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company (American Equity Life), American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company of New York (American Equity Life of New York) and Eagle Life Insurance Company (Eagle Life) . Its product types include fixed index annuities, annual reset fixed rate annuities, multi-year fixed-rate annuities and single premium immediate annuities. The Company markets its products through a variable cost distribution network, including independent agents through independent marketing organizations (IMOs), broker/dealers, banks and registered investment advisors. Its financing receivables consist of three mortgage loan portfolio segments: commercial mortgage loans, agricultural mortgage loans and residential mortgage loans.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

YIELD ADJUSTED P/E TO GROWTH (PEG) RATIO: PASS
EARNINGS PER SHARE: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: NEUTRAL
EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
FREE CASH FLOW: BONUS PASS
NET CASH POSITION: BONUS PASS

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AMERICAN NATIONAL GROUP INC (ANAT) is a mid-cap value stock in the Insurance (Prop. & Casualty) industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch is 100% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: American National Group, Inc. is a provider of financial products and services. The Company’s segments include Life, Annuities, Health and Property and Casualty Insurance. The Life segment offers products, such as Whole Life, Term Life, Universal Life, Variable Universal Life and Credit Life Insurance. The Annuity segment consists of Deferred Annuity, Single Premium Immediate Annuity and Variable Annuity. The Health segment consists of Medicare Supplement, Supplemental Insurance, Stop-Loss, Credit Disability, Medical Expense and Short-Term Medical Insurance. The Property and Casualty segment offers products, such as Personal Lines, Commercial Lines and Specialty Markets products. The Property and Casualty segment provides coverages, including Collateral or Creditor Protection Insurance (CPI) and Guaranteed Auto Protection or Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP). The Company provides personalized service throughout the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

P/E/GROWTH RATIO: PASS
SALES AND P/E RATIO: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: NEUTRAL
EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
FREE CASH FLOW: NEUTRAL
NET CASH POSITION: BONUS PASS

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BANK OF MONTREAL (USA) (BMO) is a large-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch is 100% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Bank of Montreal (the Bank) is a Canada-based financial services provider. The Bank provides a range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management, global markets and investment banking products and services. The Bank conducts its business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, BMO Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets. The Personal and Commercial Banking business includes two retail and business banking operating segments, such as Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking and the United States Personal and Commercial Banking. Its BMO Wealth Management business serves a range of client segments, from mainstream to high net worth and institutional, with an offering of wealth management products and services, including insurance. Its BMO Capital Markets business provides a range of products and services to corporate, institutional and government clients, through its investment and corporate banking and global markets lines of business.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

YIELD ADJUSTED P/E TO GROWTH (PEG) RATIO: PASS
EARNINGS PER SHARE: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: NEUTRAL
EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: FAIL
FREE CASH FLOW: BONUS PASS
NET CASH POSITION: BONUS PASS

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EVERCORE INC (EVR) is a mid-cap value stock in the Investment Services industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch is 100% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: Evercore Inc. is a global independent investment banking advisory company. The Company operates through two segments: Investment Banking and Investment Management. The Investment Banking segment includes its global advisory business through, which it delivers strategic corporate advisory, capital markets advisory and institutional equities services. The Investment Management segment includes wealth management and trust services through Evercore Wealth Management LLC (EWM), as well as private equity through investments in entities that manage private equity funds. Its strategic corporate advisory business provides differentiated strategic and tactical advice, as well as unparalleled execution to financial sponsors and both public and private companies across a range of industry sectors and geographies. The Company also assists clients in raising public and private capital and delivers equity research and equity sales and agency trading execution.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

P/E/GROWTH RATIO: PASS
SALES AND P/E RATIO: PASS
EPS GROWTH RATE: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: NEUTRAL
EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
FREE CASH FLOW: NEUTRAL
NET CASH POSITION: BONUS PASS

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FIRST BANCORP (FBP) is a mid-cap value stock in the Regional Banks industry. The rating according to our strategy based on Peter Lynch is 100% based on the firm’s underlying fundamentals and the stock’s valuation. A score of 80% or above typically indicates that the strategy has some interest in the stock and a score above 90% typically indicates strong interest.

Company Description: First Bancorp is a bank holding company. The Company offers deposit products, such as checking, savings and money market accounts, as well as time deposits, including various types of certificates of deposits and individual retirement accounts. It provides loans for a range of consumer and commercial purposes, including loans for business, real estate, personal uses, home improvement and automobiles. It offers residential mortgages through its Mortgage Banking Division, and it offers Small Business Administration (SBA) loans to small business owners across the nation through its SBA Lending Division. It offers accounts receivable financing and factoring, inventory financing, and purchase order financing through Magnolia Financial, as well as credit cards, debit cards, letters of credit, safe deposit box rentals and electronic funds transfer services, including wire transfers. In addition, it offers Internet banking, mobile banking, cash management and bank-by-phone capabilities.

The following table summarizes whether the stock meets each of this strategy’s tests. Not all criteria in the below table receive equal weighting or are independent, but the table provides a brief overview of the strong and weak points of the security in the context of the strategy’s criteria.

P/E/GROWTH RATIO: PASS
SALES AND P/E RATIO: NEUTRAL
EPS GROWTH RATE: PASS
TOTAL DEBT/EQUITY RATIO: NEUTRAL
EQUITY/ASSETS RATIO: PASS
RETURN ON ASSETS: PASS
FREE CASH FLOW: NEUTRAL
NET CASH POSITION: BONUS PASS

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About Peter Lynch: Perhaps the greatest mutual fund manager of all-time, Lynch guided Fidelity Investment’s Magellan Fund to a 29.2 percent average annual return from 1977 until his retirement in 1990, almost doubling the S&P 500’s 15.8 percent yearly return over that time. Lynch’s common sense approach and quick wit made him one of the most quoted investors on Wall Street. (“Go for a business that any idiot can run — because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it,” is one of his many pearls of wisdom.) Lynch’s bestseller One Up on Wall Street is something of a ” stocks for the everyman/everywoman”, breaking his approach down into easy-to-understand concepts.

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