Head to Head Comparison: Limestone Bancorp (LMST) and Its Competitors

Limestone Bancorp (NASDAQ: LMST) is one of 141 public companies in the “National commercial banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Limestone Bancorp to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Limestone Bancorp and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Limestone Bancorp $49.24 million $8.79 million 12.20
Limestone Bancorp Competitors $7.66 billion $1.71 billion 12.59

Limestone Bancorp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Limestone Bancorp. Limestone Bancorp 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.

Profitability

This table compares Limestone Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Limestone Bancorp 17.86% 10.15% 0.85%
Limestone Bancorp Competitors 23.51% 11.29% 1.19%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

27.9% of Limestone Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.5% of shares of all “National commercial banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.0% of Limestone Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of shares of all “National commercial banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Limestone Bancorp has a beta of 0.17, meaning that its stock price is 83% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Limestone Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.90, meaning that their average stock price is 10% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Limestone Bancorp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Limestone Bancorp 0 0 1 0 3.00
Limestone Bancorp Competitors 1465 5830 5203 263 2.33

As a group, “National commercial banks” companies have a potential upside of 12.02%. Given Limestone Bancorp’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Limestone Bancorp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Limestone Bancorp peers beat Limestone Bancorp on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

About Limestone Bancorp

Limestone Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Limestone Bank, Inc. that provides a range of commercial and personal banking products and services. The company offers deposit products, including checking, savings, and term certificate accounts, as well as money market accounts and fixed rate certificates. It also provides commercial loans for equipment purchases, working capital, and other financing needs of business enterprises; and commercial real estate loans that include loans on properties occupied by borrowers and tenants, as well as construction and development loans secured by land under development, or homes and commercial buildings under construction. In addition, the company offers residential real estate loans; consumer loans; agriculture loans secured by livestock, crops, and equipment; and other loans, including loans to municipalities, loans secured by stock, and overdrafts. Further, it provides drive-through banking facilities, automatic teller machines, personalized checks, credit and debit cards, electronic funds transfers through ACH services, domestic and foreign wire transfers, and loan and deposit sweep accounts; and night depository, Internet and mobile banking, treasury management, remote deposit, cash management, and vault services. The company primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses, and business owners and employees, as well as other executives and professionals. It operates 15 banking offices in 12 counties in Kentucky. The company was formerly known as Porter Bancorp, Inc. and changed its name to Limestone Bancorp, Inc. in May 2018. Limestone Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

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