NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The ex-dividend date for Life Partners Holdings (Nasdaq: LPHI) is tomorrow, December 7, 2011. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $7.34 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.7%. The average volume for Life has been 116,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Life has a market cap of $127.4 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 52% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Life Partners Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Life Partners, Inc., operates in the secondary market for life insurance in the United States. It facilitates life settlement transactions by identifying, examining, and purchasing the policies as agent for the purchasers. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the average insurance industry P/E ratio of 20 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.
TheStreet Ratings rates Life as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Life Ratings Report. See our dividend calendar or top-yielding stocks list.