Shares of Allstate (ALL - Get Report) closed at $42.93 Monday, trading for 9.5 times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of $4.53. The consensus 2014 EPS estimate is $4.88.
The shares returned 50% during 2012.
Based on a quarterly payout of 22 cents, the shares have a dividend yield of 2.05%.
Allstate announced on Nov. 28 estimated that its losses for October, net of reinsurance, totaled $1.1 billion before taxes. The company said that "autos represent approximately 40% of the total gross losses, with 78% in New York, 19% in New Jersey and 3% in other states."For its Property-Liability unit, Allstate reported underwriting income of $1.316 billion for the first three quarters of 2012. During 2011, the unit had an underwriting loss of $874 million. The company will announce its fourth-quarter results on Feb. 7, with analysts expecting a loss of seven cents a share, compared to a profit of $1.46 a share the previous quarter, and EPS of $1.48 during the fourth quarter of 2011. Allstate on Dec. 17 announced that its board of directors had "approved a share repurchase program of up to $1 billion to be funded by issuing a like amount of subordinated debentures," after its previous buyback program was completed. Following the company's announcement, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Zaremski reiterated his "Outperform" rating for Allstate, with a $42 price target, saying he expected the company's board of directors to approve an additional $1 billion worth of stock (equal to 5% of shares outstanding at today's stock price
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