Merchants Bancshares,Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT) is one of 207 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Merchants Bancshares,Inc. to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Merchants Bancshares,Inc. pays out 52.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors||380||2897||2371||69||2.37|
As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential downside of 0.76%. Given Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.
This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors||19.72%||8.36%||0.88%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
38.6% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors||N/A||N/A||25.88|
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. 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.
Volatility & Risk
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s peers have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. peers beat Merchants Bancshares,Inc. on 8 of the 12 factors compared.
About Merchants Bancshares,Inc.
Merchants Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Merchants Bank (the Bank), is a commercial bank. The Bank offers a range of deposit, loan, cash management and trust services to meet the financial needs of individual consumers, businesses and municipalities. Merchants Bank’s trust division offers investment management, financial planning and trustee services. The Bank offers commercial, financial and agricultural loans, municipal loans, residential real estate loans, commercial real estate loans, construction real estate loans and consumer installment loans for various personal needs, including vehicle and boat financing. The Bank’s deposits include demand; savings and interest bearing checking and money market accounts, and time deposits.
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