First Financial (FFCH) vs. Its Rivals Head to Head Comparison

First Financial (NASDAQ: FFCH) is one of 300 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare First Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility & Risk

First Financial has a beta of 2.54, suggesting that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Financial’s competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.9% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Financial and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Financial N/A N/A 13.30
First Financial Competitors $5.62 billion $843.09 million 413.93

First Financial’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than First Financial. First Financial 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.

Profitability

This table compares First Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Financial N/A N/A N/A
First Financial Competitors 18.41% 8.15% 0.92%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for First Financial and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Financial Competitors 2386 8536 8537 364 2.35

As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 11.84%. Given First Financial’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe First Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

First Financial competitors beat First Financial on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

About First Financial

First Financial Holdings, Inc. (First Financial) operates through its wholly owned subsidiary, First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Charleston (First Federal) and loan association. Other subsidiaries of First Financial include First Southeast Insurance Services, Inc. (First Southeast Insurance), which is an insurance agency; Kimbrell Insurance Group, Inc. (Kimbrell), which is a managing general insurance agency; First Southeast 401(k) Fiduciaries, Inc. (First Southeast 401(k)), which provides retirement plan consulting and administrative services, and First Southeast Investor Services, Inc. (First Southeast Investors), which is a registered broker-dealer. On July 26, 2013, First Financial Holdings, Inc. merged with and into First Financial Holdings, Inc. (formerly SCBT Financial Corporation) with the Company ceasing to exist and First Financial Holdings, Inc. continuing as the surviving corporation.

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