Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ: UVSP) and Stonegate Bank (NASDAQ:SGBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
61.4% of Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.2% of Stonegate Bank shares are held by institutional investors. 3.6% of Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and Stonegate Bank’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||NetIncome||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania||$182.57 million||4.19||$19.50 million||$1.53||18.73|
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania has higher revenue and earnings than Stonegate Bank. Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Stonegate Bank, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Stonegate Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania pays out 52.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Stonegate Bank pays out 14.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.
This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and Stonegate Bank, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania||0||2||1||0||2.33|
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania presently has a consensus target price of $32.67, suggesting a potential upside of 14.02%. Stonegate Bank has a consensus target price of $49.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.08%. Given Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania is more favorable than Stonegate Bank.
This table compares Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania and Stonegate Bank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania||18.71%||8.35%||0.99%|
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania beats Stonegate Bank on 7 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania is the bank holding company of Univest Bank and Trust Co. (the Bank). The Bank is a Pennsylvania state-chartered bank and trust company. The Company’s business segments include Banking, Wealth Management and Insurance. The Banking segment provides financial services, such as deposit taking, loan origination and servicing, mortgage banking, other general banking services and equipment lease financing. The Wealth Management segment offers trust and investment advisory services, guardian and custodian of employee benefits and other trust and brokerage services, as well as a registered investment advisory managing private investment accounts for both individuals and institutions. The Insurance segment includes a full-service insurance brokerage agency offering commercial property and casualty insurance, group life and health coverage, employee benefit solutions, personal insurance lines and human resources consulting.
About Stonegate Bank
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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