Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL) and Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
22.3% of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.6% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 28.6% of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Meta Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Meta Financial Group pays out 7.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Meta Financial Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Meta Financial Group||0||1||1||1||3.00|
Meta Financial Group has a consensus target price of $35.67, indicating a potential upside of 48.36%. Given Meta Financial Group’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Meta Financial Group is more favorable than Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana.
This table compares Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Meta Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana||21.30%||9.74%||1.09%|
|Meta Financial Group||15.76%||11.61%||1.36%|
Risk and Volatility
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its stock price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meta Financial Group has a beta of 1.32, meaning that its stock price is 32% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Meta Financial Group’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana||$21.41 million||2.77||$3.56 million||N/A||N/A|
|Meta Financial Group||$343.06 million||2.76||$51.62 million||$2.81||8.56|
Meta Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana.
Meta Financial Group beats Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana Company Profile
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana operates as the holding company for Home Federal Bank, a chartered savings bank that provides financial services to individuals, corporate entities, and other organizations in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. It offers various deposit products, such as passbook savings, certificates of deposit, and demand deposit accounts. The company also provides one-to-four family residential real estate loans; commercial-real estate secured loans; multi-family residential loans; commercial business loans; land loans; construction loans; home equity and second mortgage loans; equity lines of credit; and consumer non-real estate loans, including loans secured by deposit accounts, automobile loans, overdrafts, and other unsecured loans. It operates through its main office and six full service branch offices located in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana was founded in 1924 and is based in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Meta Financial Group Company Profile
Meta Financial Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for MetaBank that offers various banking products and services in the United States. The company accepts various deposit products, including statement savings accounts, money market savings accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and checking accounts; and deposits related to prepaid cards, which primarily comprise checking accounts and certificate accounts. It also provides loans, such as commercial finance loans, commercial and multi-family real estate loans, one-to-four family mortgage loans, consumer finance loans, taxpayer advance loans, agriculture loans, consumer and commercial operating loans, and commercial insurance premium finance products. In addition, the company issues prepaid cards and consumer credit products; sponsors automated teller machines into various debit networks; and offers tax refund transfer and other payment industry products and services. It operates 10 full-service branch offices in Storm Lake and Des Moines, Iowa; and Brookings and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as well as 17 non-branch offices located in South Dakota, Texas, California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Michigan, and Canada. The company was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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