Contrasting Hudson Valley (HVB) and KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY)

Hudson Valley (NYSE: HVB) and KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) are both financials companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

82.0% of KeyCorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of KeyCorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Hudson Valley and KeyCorp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hudson Valley N/A N/A N/A $0.55 51.29
KeyCorp $6.87 billion 3.17 $1.30 billion $1.12 18.21

KeyCorp has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Valley. KeyCorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hudson Valley, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for Hudson Valley and KeyCorp, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hudson Valley 0 0 0 0 N/A
KeyCorp 1 5 16 0 2.68

KeyCorp has a consensus target price of $22.03, indicating a potential upside of 8.03%. Given KeyCorp’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe KeyCorp is more favorable than Hudson Valley.


This table compares Hudson Valley and KeyCorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hudson Valley 17.98% 6.34% 0.61%
KeyCorp 18.06% 10.66% 1.10%


KeyCorp pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Hudson Valley does not pay a dividend. KeyCorp pays out 37.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Hudson Valley has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.


KeyCorp beats Hudson Valley on 10 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Holding Corp. (Hudson Valley) is a bank holding company. The Company provides financial services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Hudson Valley Bank, N.A. (HVB or the Bank), a national banking association. HVB has 17 branch offices in Westchester County, New York, four in Manhattan, New York, four in Bronx County, New York, two in Rockland County, New York, and one in Kings County, New York. The Company provides asset-based lending products through a wholly owned subsidiary of HVB, HVB Capital Credit LLC. The Company provides equipment loan and lease financing through a wholly owned subsidiary of HVB, HVB Equipment Capital, LLC. The Company’s principal customers are businesses, professionals, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. In addition, the Company also offers a software application designed to meet the administrative needs of bankruptcy trustees through a marketing and licensing agreement with the application vendor.

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp is a bank holding company. The Company is a bank-based financial services company. The Company operates through its subsidiary, KeyBank National Association (KeyBank), which is engaged in providing banking services. Through KeyBank and other subsidiaries, it provides a range of retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individual, corporate and institutional clients. Its segments include Key Community Bank and Key Corporate Bank. Key Community Bank serves individuals and small to mid-sized businesses by offering a range of deposit, investment, lending, credit card, and personalized wealth management products and business advisory services. Key Corporate Bank is a full-service corporate and investment bank focused on serving the needs of middle market clients in industry sectors, which include consumer, energy, healthcare, industrial, public sector, real estate and technology.

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