Positive Report for Aon Plc from Sandler O’Neill

By Jason Carr

Aon Plc (NYSE: AON) received a Buy rating from Sandler O’Neill analyst Paul Newsome today. The company’s shares closed last Friday at $107.79.

According to TipRanks.com, Newsome is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 14.6% and a 88.1% success rate. Newsome covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as United Fire & Casualty Company, Cincinnati Financial Corp., and Marsh & Mclennan Companies.

Aon Plc has an analyst consensus of Hold, with a price target consensus of $116.33.

Aon Plc’s market cap is currently $28.4B and has a P/E ratio of 20.00. The company has a book value ratio of 5.2268.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 37 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. Most recently, in August 2015, Lester Knight, a Director at AON bought 75,000 shares for a total of $7,558,750.

Aon Plc provides insurance brokerage, risk management and human capital consulting services. The company operates through the following reportable business segments: Risk Solutions and HR Solutions. The Risk Solutions segment acts as an advisor and insurance and reinsurance broker, helping clients manage their risks via consultation, as well as negotiation and placement of insurance risk with insurance carriers through its global distribution network. The HR Solutions segment partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance by designing, implementing, communicating and administering a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. The company’s clients include corporations and businesses, insurance companies, professional organizations, independent agents and brokers, governments, and other entities. It also serves individuals through personal lines, affinity groups, and certain specialty operations. Its products and services are divided into two transactional product lines: retail brokerage and reinsurance brokerage. The retail brokerage product line encompasses retail brokerage services, affinity products, managing general underwriting, placement, and captive management services. The Americas’ operations provide products and services to clients in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. The United Kingdom; Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific operations offer similar products and services to clients throughout the rest of the world. The reinsurance brokerage product line offers sophisticated advisory services in program design and claim recoveries that enhance the risk/return characteristics of insurance policy portfolios, improve capital utilization, and evaluate and mitigate catastrophic loss exposures worldwide. It also offers capital management transaction and advisory services. Aon was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.