First Financial (NASDAQ:FFCH) vs. Its Competitors Head-To-Head Contrast

First Financial (NASDAQ: FFCH) is one of 4 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks – NEC” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare First Financial to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and risk.

Risk and Volatility

First Financial has a beta of 2.54, indicating that its stock price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Financial’s peers have a beta of 1.32, indicating that their average stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares First Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Financial N/A N/A N/A
First Financial Competitors 19.55% 6.64% 0.68%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for First Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Financial Competitors 65 391 150 1 2.14

As a group, “Banks – NEC” companies have a potential downside of 5.16%. Given First Financial’s peers higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe First Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Financial N/A N/A 13.30
First Financial Competitors N/A N/A 1,002.49

First Financial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

First Financial peers beat First Financial on 5 of the 6 factors compared.

First Financial Company Profile

First Financial Holdings, Inc. (First Financial) operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston (First Federal) and loan association. Other subsidiaries of First Financial include First Southeast Insurance Services, Inc. (First Southeast Insurance), which is an insurance agency; Kimbrell Insurance Group, Inc. (Kimbrell), which is a managing general insurance agency; First Southeast 401(k) Fiduciaries, Inc. (First Southeast 401(k)), which provides retirement plan consulting and administrative services, and First Southeast Investor Services, Inc. (First Southeast Investors), which is a registered broker-dealer. On July 26, 2013, First Financial Holdings, Inc. merged with and into First Financial Holdings, Inc. (formerly SCBT Financial Corporation) with the Company ceasing to exist and First Financial Holdings, Inc. continuing as the surviving corporation.

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