Bridge Bancorp (BDGE) vs. Xenith Bankshares (XBKS) Head to Head Contrast

Bridge Bancorp (NASDAQ: BDGE) and Xenith Bankshares (NASDAQ:XBKS) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and Xenith Bankshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridge Bancorp 22.62% 8.52% 0.88%
Xenith Bankshares 18.26% 5.55% 0.82%

Risk and Volatility

Bridge Bancorp has a beta of 0.71, meaning that its stock price is 29% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Xenith Bankshares has a beta of 0.99, meaning that its stock price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

55.8% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.7% of Xenith Bankshares shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 31.7% of Xenith Bankshares shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Bridge Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Xenith Bankshares does not pay a dividend. Bridge Bancorp pays out 48.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and Xenith Bankshares’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridge Bancorp $153.76 million 4.27 $35.49 million $1.90 17.53
Xenith Bankshares $103.54 million 7.04 $57.04 million $1.03 30.46

Xenith Bankshares has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Bridge Bancorp. Bridge Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Xenith Bankshares, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Bridge Bancorp and Xenith Bankshares, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridge Bancorp 0 2 0 0 2.00
Xenith Bankshares 0 2 1 0 2.33

Bridge Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $38.50, indicating a potential upside of 15.62%. Xenith Bankshares has a consensus price target of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 10.74%. Given Bridge Bancorp’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bridge Bancorp is more favorable than Xenith Bankshares.

Summary

Xenith Bankshares beats Bridge Bancorp on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bridge Bancorp

Bridge Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for The Bridgehampton National Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s operations include its real estate investment trust subsidiary, Bridgehampton Community, Inc. (BCI), a financial title insurance subsidiary, Bridge Abstract LLC (Bridge Abstract), and an investment services subsidiary, Bridge Financial Services LLC (Bridge Financial Services). As of December 31, 2016, the Bank operated 40 branches in its primary market areas of Suffolk and Nassau Counties on Long Island and the New York City boroughs, including 38 in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, one in Bayside, Queens and one in Manhattan. The Bank engages in full service commercial and consumer banking business, including accepting time, savings and demand deposits from the consumers, businesses and local municipalities in its market area. The Bank also offers the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) and Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) programs.

About Xenith Bankshares

Xenith Bankshares, Inc., formerly Hampton Roads Bankshares, Inc., is a bank holding company for Xenith Bank. Xenith Bank is a commercial bank specifically targeting the banking needs of middle market and small businesses, local real estate developers and investors, and retail banking clients. Xenith Bank’s regional area of operations spans from Baltimore, Maryland, to Raleigh and eastern North Carolina, complementing its presence in greater Washington, D.C., greater Richmond, Virginia, and greater Hampton Roads, Virginia. Its service and products consist primarily of taking deposits from, and making loans to, its target customers within its target markets. It offers other banking related specialized products and services to its customers, such as travelers’ checks, coin counters, wire services, online banking and safe deposit box services. Additionally, it offers commercial customers various cash management products, including remote deposit.

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