Anchor Bancorp (ANCB) vs. Astoria Financial Corporation (AF) Head to Head Analysis

Anchor Bancorp (NASDAQ: ANCB) and Astoria Financial Corporation (NYSE:AF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Anchor Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Anchor Bancorp $20.06 million 3.15 $2.10 million $0.84 30.00
Astoria Financial Corporation $389.11 million 5.18 $58.34 million $0.58 34.54

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Anchor Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Anchor Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Astoria Financial Corporation 1 2 1 0 2.00

Anchor Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential downside of 0.79%. Astoria Financial Corporation has a consensus target price of $20.25, suggesting a potential upside of 1.10%. Given Astoria Financial Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Astoria Financial Corporation is more favorable than Anchor Bancorp.

Dividends

Astoria Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Anchor Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Astoria Financial Corporation pays out 27.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Anchor Bancorp and Astoria Financial Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Anchor Bancorp 8.58% 3.17% 0.46%
Astoria Financial Corporation 13.45% 4.26% 0.46%

Risk & Volatility

Anchor Bancorp has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Astoria Financial Corporation has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.2% of Anchor Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 85.0% of Astoria Financial Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Anchor Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.8% of Astoria Financial Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Astoria Financial Corporation beats Anchor Bancorp on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Anchor Bancorp Company Profile

Anchor Bancorp is the bank holding company of Anchor Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a community-based savings bank. As of June 30, 2016, the Bank primarily served Western Washington through its 10 full-service banking offices (including a Wal-Mart in-store location) located within Grays Harbor, Thurston, Lewis, Pierce and Mason counties, and a loan production office located in King County, Washington. It is in the business of attracting deposits from the public and utilizing those deposits to originate loans. The Bank offers a range of loan products. The Bank’s operations include commercial banking services, such as lending activities, deposit products and other cash management services. The Bank offers commercial real estate loans and multi-family loans primarily in Western Washington. The Bank offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with a range of rates.

Astoria Financial Corporation Company Profile

Astoria Financial Corporation is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company’s principal business is the operation of its subsidiary, Astoria Bank. Astoria Bank’s primary business is attracting retail deposits from the general public and businesses and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations, principal repayments on loans and securities and borrowings, primarily in multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans, one- to four-family, or residential, mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities. Astoria Bank also invests in consumer and other loans, the United States Government, government agency and government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) securities, and other investments permitted by federal banking laws and regulations. Its loan portfolio consists primarily of mortgage loans, and consumer and other loans. The Company’s investment activities include securities available-for-sale and securities held-to-maturity.

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