The First Bancshares (FBMS) & Its Peers Head to Head Survey

The First Bancshares (NASDAQ: FBMS) is one of 331 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare The First Bancshares to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, risk, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for The First Bancshares and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The First Bancshares 0 0 1 0 3.00
The First Bancshares Competitors 2086 8260 8364 323 2.36

The First Bancshares presently has a consensus target price of $32.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.31%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.83%. Given The First Bancshares’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe The First Bancshares is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

The First Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. The First Bancshares pays out 13.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.9% of The First Bancshares shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of The First Bancshares shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares The First Bancshares and its rivals revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
The First Bancshares $62.19 million N/A 27.74
The First Bancshares Competitors N/A N/A 19.49

The First Bancshares is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

The First Bancshares has a beta of -0.29, meaning that its stock price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The First Bancshares’ rivals have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares The First Bancshares and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The First Bancshares 14.14% 9.32% 0.91%
The First Bancshares Competitors 18.85% 8.84% 0.94%

Summary

The First Bancshares beats its rivals on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

The First Bancshares Company Profile

The First Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (the Bank). The Company and the Bank engage in a general commercial and retail banking business for small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals. The Bank provides a range of banking services in its primary market area of South Mississippi, South Alabama and Louisiana. The Bank offers a range of commercial and personal loans. Commercial loans include both secured and unsecured loans for working capital (including loans secured by inventory and accounts receivable), business expansion (including acquisition of real estate and improvements), and purchase of equipment and machinery. The Bank offers a range of deposit services, including noninterest-bearing accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and time deposits.

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