Critical Analysis: County Bancorp (ICBK) versus The Competition

County Bancorp (NASDAQ: ICBK) is one of 310 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare County Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, dividends, profitability and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

27.6% of County Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 26.3% of County Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares County Bancorp and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
County Bancorp 19.80% 9.24% 0.92%
County Bancorp Competitors 18.43% 8.25% 0.93%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares County Bancorp and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
County Bancorp $54.29 million $10.69 million 19.31
County Bancorp Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 372.78

County Bancorp’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than County Bancorp. County Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for County Bancorp and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
County Bancorp 0 1 1 0 2.50
County Bancorp Competitors 2139 8401 8492 332 2.36

County Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $32.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.96%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 6.12%. Given County Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe County Bancorp is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

County Bancorp has a beta of 0.46, suggesting that its share price is 54% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, County Bancorp’s competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

County Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. County Bancorp pays out 14.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

County Bancorp competitors beat County Bancorp on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About County Bancorp

County Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s primary activities consist of holding the stock of its subsidiary bank, Investors Community Bank (the Bank), and providing banking and related business activities through the Bank and its other subsidiaries. It operates in the community banking segment. The Bank is an independent community bank offering financial services focusing on the needs of agricultural businesses, with a primary focus on dairy-related lending with lending relationships in over 60 Wisconsin counties. It also serves business and retail customers throughout Wisconsin, but is focused on northeastern and central Wisconsin. Its customers are served from its service branches in Manitowoc and Stevens Point, and its loan production offices located in Darlington, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan. Its subsidiaries include Investors Insurance Services, LLC, County Bancorp Statutory Trust II, County Bancorp Statutory Trust III and County Acquisition LLC.

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