Comparing FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) & 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin (NASDAQ:BCOW)

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FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) and 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin (NASDAQ:BCOW) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and institutional ownership.

Dividends

FS Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin does not pay a dividend. FS Bancorp pays out 12.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares FS Bancorp and 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
FS Bancorp $89.18 million 2.52 $24.35 million $4.67 10.71
1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin $19.69 million 2.24 -$20,000.00 N/A N/A

FS Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.4% of FS Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.6% of 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin shares are held by institutional investors. 8.6% of FS Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.9% of 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares FS Bancorp and 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
FS Bancorp 25.72% 12.15% 1.37%
1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for FS Bancorp and 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
FS Bancorp 0 0 1 0 3.00
1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 N/A

FS Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $60.00, indicating a potential upside of 19.98%. Given FS Bancorp’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe FS Bancorp is more favorable than 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin.

Summary

FS Bancorp beats 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin on 11 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About FS Bancorp

FS Bancorp, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington that provides banking and financial services to local families, local and regional businesses, and industry niches. The company operates in two segments, Commercial and Consumer Banking; and Home Lending. It offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company provides one-to-four-family residential first mortgages, second mortgage/home equity loan products, non-mortgage commercial business loans, commercial real estate loans, and construction and development loans, as well as consumer loans, which primarily include personal lines of credit, automobile, direct home improvement, loans on deposit, and recreational loans. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 21 full-service branches and 8 home loan production offices in various suburban communities in the greater Puget Sound area, including Snohomish, King, Pierce, Jefferson, Kitsap, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Thurston, and Lewis counties; and 1 loan production office in the market area of the Tri-Cities. The company was founded in 1936 and is based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

About 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin

1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin, Inc. operates as a holding company for PyraMax Bank, FSB that provides various financial services. The company accepts non-interest bearing checking, interest bearing checking, money market, statement and health savings, and NOW accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It also provides commercial real estate, land, and other loans; residential real estate loans, such as first mortgages and construction loans; and consumer loans comprising home equity and lines of credit, new and used automobile loans, boat loans, recreational vehicle loans, loans secured by certificates of deposit, and others, as well as one- to four-family residential real estate and multi-family loans. It operates a network of five full service banking offices in Milwaukee County, two full service banking offices in Waukesha County, and one full service banking office in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. The company was founded in 1895 and is based in Greenfield, Wisconsin. 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin, Inc. is a subsidiary of 1895 Bancorp of Wisconsin, MHC.

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