Reviewing Zions Bancorp (ZION) & Standard Chartered (SCBFF)

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Standard Chartered (OTCMKTS:SCBFF) and Zions Bancorp (NASDAQ:ZION) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Standard Chartered and Zions Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Standard Chartered 0 1 2 0 2.67
Zions Bancorp 0 7 13 0 2.65

Zions Bancorp has a consensus price target of $58.95, suggesting a potential upside of 17.52%. Given Zions Bancorp’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Zions Bancorp is more favorable than Standard Chartered.

Dividends

Zions Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Standard Chartered does not pay a dividend. Zions Bancorp pays out 42.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Zions Bancorp has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Standard Chartered and Zions Bancorp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Standard Chartered $20.68 billion 1.18 $1.22 billion $0.46 16.07
Zions Bancorp $2.74 billion 3.56 $592.00 million $2.86 17.54

Standard Chartered has higher revenue and earnings than Zions Bancorp. Standard Chartered is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Zions Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Standard Chartered and Zions Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Standard Chartered N/A N/A N/A
Zions Bancorp 26.57% 11.84% 1.26%

Risk & Volatility

Standard Chartered has a beta of 1.57, indicating that its stock price is 57% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Zions Bancorp has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

94.8% of Zions Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Zions Bancorp shares are held 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.

Summary

Zions Bancorp beats Standard Chartered on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

Standard Chartered Company Profile

Standard Chartered PLC provides various banking products and services in the Greater China and North Asia, ASEAN and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and Europe and America. The company operates in four segments: Corporate & Institutional Banking, Private Banking, Commercial Banking, and Retail Banking. It offers personal banking products and services, including savings and accounts; personal, instalment, or revolving loans; mortgages; credit cards; life, savings and retirement planning, health and medical, home, motor, and travel insurance products; investment advisory services; retail FX products; mutual funds; and employee banking services. The company also provides business banking products and services, such as transaction banking comprising cash management, trade finance, and securities services; financial market solutions to meet risk management, financing, and investment needs; wealth management; and corporate finance services consisting of project and export, structured trade, leveraged, structured, and principal finance solutions, as well as mergers and acquisitions advisory services. Its business banking products and services also include renminbi services; small and medium enterprises banking services, such as business expansion and protection, and working capital; and Islamic business banking products and services. In addition, the company offers private, online, and mobile banking services. It serves large corporations, financial institutions, governments, high net worth individuals, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and individuals. The company operates approximately 1,026 branches and outlets in 63 markets. Standard Chartered PLC was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Zions Bancorp Company Profile

Zions Bancorporation, National Association provides various banking and related services primarily in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company offers community banking services, such as small and medium-sized business and corporate banking; commercial and residential development, construction, and term lending; retail banking; treasury cash management and related products and services; residential mortgage servicing and lending services; trust and wealth management services; capital markets services, including municipal finance advisory and underwriting; and investment services. It also offers personal banking services to individuals, including home mortgages, bankcards, other installment loans, home equity lines of credit, checking accounts, savings accounts, certificates of deposit of various types and maturities, trust services, safe deposit facilities, and Internet and mobile banking services. In addition, the company provides self-directed brokerage services; and small business administration lending and secondary market agricultural real estate mortgage loans; and bond transfer, stock transfer, and escrow services for corporate customers. As of December 31, 2017, it operated 433 domestic branches. The company was formerly known as ZB, National Association and changed its name to Zions Bancorporation, National Association in September 2018. Zions Bancorporation, National Association was founded in 1873 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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