Equity BancShares (NASDAQ: EQBK) and First Community Financial Partners (NASDAQ:FCFP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.
Institutional and Insider Ownership
51.8% of Equity BancShares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 18.0% of First Community Financial Partners shares are held by institutional investors. 14.9% of Equity BancShares shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 24.6% of First Community Financial Partners shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Equity BancShares and First Community Financial Partners, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|First Community Financial Partners||0||1||0||0||2.00|
Equity BancShares currently has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential downside of 7.61%. Given Equity BancShares’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Equity BancShares is more favorable than First Community Financial Partners.
This table compares Equity BancShares and First Community Financial Partners’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|First Community Financial Partners||29.40%||11.65%||1.05%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Equity BancShares and First Community Financial Partners’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Equity BancShares||$72.26 million||7.22||$9.37 million||$1.36||26.26|
|First Community Financial Partners||N/A||N/A||N/A||$0.70||18.43|
Equity BancShares has higher revenue and earnings than First Community Financial Partners. First Community Financial Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equity BancShares, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Equity BancShares beats First Community Financial Partners on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.
Equity BancShares Company Profile
Equity Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal activity is the ownership and management of its subsidiary, Equity Bank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of financial services primarily to businesses and business owners, as well as individuals through its network of over 30 branches located in Kansas and Missouri. The Company’s operations involve the delivery of loan and deposit products to its customers. The Company offers commercial banking products and other services, including lending activities, deposit products, and other products and services. It offers a suite of online banking solutions, including access to account balances, online transfers, online bill payment, and electronic delivery of customer statements and mobile banking solutions. In addition, the Company offers commercial treasury management services, wire transfer, automated clearing house (ACH) services and cash management deposit products.
First Community Financial Partners Company Profile
First Community Financial Partners, Inc. (First Community) is a bank holding company. The Company has a banking subsidiary, First Community Financial Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service community bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers customers a range of loan, deposit, and other financial products and services. The Bank also offers customers a range of financial products and services that are related or ancillary to loans and deposits, including cash management, funds transfers, bill payment and other online banking transactions, automated teller machines and safe deposit boxes. The Bank’s loan portfolio consists primarily of non-residential real estate loans, which include owner occupied commercial real estate and investor commercial real estate, multi-family, construction and land development loans.
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