Square 1 Financial (NASDAQ: SQBK) and Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation and earnings.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Square 1 Financial and Stonegate Bank’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||EBITDA||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Square 1 Financial||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Stonegate Bank||$109.67 million||7.21||$33.24 million||$2.17||23.79|
Stonegate Bank has higher revenue and earnings than Square 1 Financial.
This table compares Square 1 Financial and Stonegate Bank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Square 1 Financial||25.41%||12.33%||1.10%|
Stonegate Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Square 1 Financial does not pay a dividend. Stonegate Bank pays out 14.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Square 1 Financial and Stonegate Bank, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Square 1 Financial||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Square 1 Financial presently has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential downside of 54.41%. Stonegate Bank has a consensus price target of $49.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.08%. Given Stonegate Bank’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Stonegate Bank is more favorable than Square 1 Financial.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
65.2% of Stonegate Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Square 1 Financial Company Profile
Square 1 Financial, Inc. is a financial services company. The Company is a bank holding company for Square 1 Bank. Through Square 1 Bank, the Company offers a range of banking and financial products and services throughout the United States, focused on the entrepreneurial community and venture capital and private equity firms. Its primary focus is on venture-backed technology and life sciences companies located throughout the United States. It also focuses on venture firms. The Company is also involved in networking activities in the startup communities in several of its markets. It maintains a presence in these communities through participation in events sponsored by incubators or accelerators, which are informal associations engaged in a range of activities designed to promote and encourage the startup and development of new companies.
Stonegate Bank Company Profile
Stonegate Bank (the Bank) is a state chartered commercial bank in the State of Florida. The Bank provides a full range of banking services to individual and corporate customers from its branch locations in Southeast and West Florida. The Bank provides personal banking, business banking and wealth management services. The Bank’s loans portfolio includes commercial real estate, construction and land development, residential real estate, commercial and consumer loans. Its personal banking services include checking account, money market, savings account, certificate of deposits, individual retirement accounts, consumer loans and residential mortgage loans. It also offers card services, such as credit cards and debit cards. Its wealth management services include asset management, trust services, estate planning, insurance planning and retirement planning for business owners.
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