Comparing BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) & Its Competitors

BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) is one of 253 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare BancorpSouth Bank to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for BancorpSouth Bank and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BancorpSouth Bank 0 8 1 0 2.11
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors 2116 8264 8295 324 2.36

BancorpSouth Bank currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.76%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.89%. Given BancorpSouth Bank’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BancorpSouth Bank is more favorable than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.4% of BancorpSouth Bank shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of BancorpSouth Bank shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by 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 and Earnings

This table compares BancorpSouth Bank and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BancorpSouth Bank $762.21 million $132.72 million 19.85
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors $6.76 billion $1.01 billion 460.84

BancorpSouth Bank’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than BancorpSouth Bank. BancorpSouth Bank 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.

Dividends

BancorpSouth Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BancorpSouth Bank pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 33.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BancorpSouth Bank has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. BancorpSouth Bank lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Volatility & Risk

BancorpSouth Bank has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its stock price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BancorpSouth Bank’s peers have a beta of 0.86, suggesting that their average stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares BancorpSouth Bank and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BancorpSouth Bank 19.59% 8.97% 1.03%
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors 18.59% 8.33% 0.96%

Summary

BancorpSouth Bank peers beat BancorpSouth Bank on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

BancorpSouth Bank Company Profile

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other. Its Community Banking segment provides a range of deposit products, commercial loans and consumer loans. Its Insurance Agencies segment serves as agents in the sale of commercial lines of insurance and full lines of property and casualty, life, health and employee benefits products and services. Its General Corporate and Other segment includes mortgage banking, trust services, credit card activities, investment services and other activities not allocated to the Community Banking or Insurance Agencies segments.

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