Towne Bank (NASDAQ: TOWN) and Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC) are both mid-cap financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk and profitability.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
44.3% of Towne Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 97.6% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 63.0% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Towne Bank and Flagstar Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
Towne Bank currently has a consensus target price of $34.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.59%. Flagstar Bancorp has a consensus target price of $39.17, suggesting a potential upside of 4.61%. Given Towne Bank’s higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Towne Bank is more favorable than Flagstar Bancorp.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Towne Bank and Flagstar Bancorp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Towne Bank||$409.84 million||4.92||$67.25 million||$1.51||21.32|
|Flagstar Bancorp||$904.00 million||2.37||$171.00 million||$2.36||15.86|
Flagstar Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Towne Bank. Flagstar Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Towne Bank, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Towne Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Flagstar Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Towne Bank pays out 37.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.
Volatility & Risk
Towne Bank has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Flagstar Bancorp has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Towne Bank and Flagstar Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
Flagstar Bancorp beats Towne Bank on 10 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Towne Bank
TowneBank is a community bank. The Bank offers personal banking services and business banking services. The Bank operates through three segments: Banking, Realty and Insurance. The Banking segment provides loan and deposit services to retail and commercial customers. The Realty segment provides residential real estate services, originations of a range of mortgage loans, resort property management, and residential and commercial title insurance. The Insurance segment provides property and casualty insurance, as well as employee and group benefits. The Bank provides checking accounts, cards, savings, money markets and certificate of deposits (CDs), mobile banking, financial management software, private banking and switch kit. The Bank also offers auto loans, home equity loans, construction loans, lot loans, recreational vehicles, mortgage loans, land acquisition loans, construction loans, development Loans, and personal loans and lines of credit.
About Flagstar Bancorp
Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s business is primarily conducted through its principal subsidiary, Flagstar Bank, FSB. It operates through four segments: Community Banking, Mortgage Originations, Mortgage Servicing, and Other. Through Mortgage Originations segment, it originates, acquires and sells one- to four-family residential mortgage loans. The Mortgage Servicing segment includes services and subservices mortgage loans, on a fee basis, for others. The Community Banking segment originates loans, provides deposits and fee based services to consumer, business and mortgage lending customers through its Branch Banking, Business and Commercial Banking, Government Banking, Warehouse Lending and Held-for-Investment Portfolio groups. It offers checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit and others. Other financial services include lines of credit, revolving credit, inventory and accounts receivable.
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