BBVA Banco Frances (NYSE:BFR) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Head to Head Survey

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BBVA Banco Frances (NYSE:BFR) and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE:BBVA) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares BBVA Banco Frances and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BBVA Banco Frances $1.83 billion 1.33 $234.24 million $1.14 10.43
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria $28.55 billion 1.33 $3.98 billion $0.73 7.90

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has higher revenue and earnings than BBVA Banco Frances. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than BBVA Banco Frances, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for BBVA Banco Frances and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BBVA Banco Frances 0 1 1 0 2.50
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria 0 4 2 0 2.33

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has a consensus target price of $7.79, suggesting a potential upside of 35.01%. Given Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is more favorable than BBVA Banco Frances.

Profitability

This table compares BBVA Banco Frances and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BBVA Banco Frances N/A 21.07% 2.67%
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria 17.14% 7.11% 0.54%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.6% of BBVA Banco Frances shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 3.1% of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

BBVA Banco Frances pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria pays an annual dividend of $0.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. BBVA Banco Frances pays out 18.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria pays out 26.0% 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. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Risk and Volatility

BBVA Banco Frances has a beta of 0.46, indicating that its stock price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has a beta of 0.94, indicating that its stock price is 6% less volatile than the S&P 500.

About BBVA Banco Frances

BBVA Banco Francés S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides financial services to small and medium enterprises, and individual customers in Spain, Mexico, South America, the United States, Turkey, and rest of Eurasia. The company offers current, checking, and savings accounts, as well as demand and time deposits. It also provides personal and auto loans, and mortgages; loans to the public sector and local financial institutions, and short-term loans to companies, as well as overdraft lines of credit, discounted instruments, real estate mortgage loans, collateral loans, consumer loans, credit card loans, pre-financing and export financing, and short-term placements in foreign banks. In addition, the company offers fire, mixed family and comprehensive, civil liability, theft, personal accidents, umbrella life, debtor balances, funeral services, and other insurance coverage products; investment fund and pension fund management services; and stock exchange brokerage services. Further, it provides financing for the acquisition of new and second-hand Peugeot and Citroën vehicles through pledge loans, receivables from financial leases, and other financial products and in supplying services associated to the purchase, maintenance, and insurance coverage of motor vehicles; and secured loans for the purchase of VW, Audi, and Ducati new or second hand vehicles, credit through operating leases, and other financial products and services, as well as engages in security trading, investment banking, and other authorized operations. As of December 31, 2017, it operated a network of 251 retail branches, 15 in-company branches, 1 points of sale, and 2 point of express support, 797 ATMs, 822 self-service terminals, a telephone banking, and Internet banking services. The company was formerly known as Banco Francés S.A. and changed its name to BBVA Banco Francés S.A. in October 2000. The company was founded in 1886 and is headquartered in Buenos Aires, the Republic of Argentina.

About Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale banking, asset management, and private banking services. The company accepts various deposits, such as current and savings accounts, fixed-term deposits, subordinated deposits, and other accounts. It also offers loan products; and foreclosed real-estate assets from residential mortgages and developers, as well as lending to developers. The company also offers credit cards; and corporate and business banking, corporate and investment banking, and insurance. It operates in Spain, Mexico, South America, the United States, Turkey, Asia-Pacific, and rest of Europe. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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