Critical Contrast: BBX Capital (OTCMKTS:BBXTB) and Hometrust Bancshares (OTCMKTS:HTBI)

BBX Capital (OTCMKTS:BBXTB) and Hometrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for BBX Capital and Hometrust Bancshares, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BBX Capital 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hometrust Bancshares 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

BBX Capital has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its stock price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hometrust Bancshares has a beta of 0.37, indicating that its stock price is 63% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares BBX Capital and Hometrust Bancshares’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
BBX Capital $961.79 million 0.42 $35.10 million N/A N/A
Hometrust Bancshares $136.37 million 3.38 $8.17 million N/A N/A

BBX Capital has higher revenue and earnings than Hometrust Bancshares.

Dividends

BBX Capital pays an annual dividend of $0.05 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Hometrust Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%.

Profitability

This table compares BBX Capital and Hometrust Bancshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BBX Capital 4.99% 7.82% 2.94%
Hometrust Bancshares 17.15% 6.25% 0.76%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

60.7% of Hometrust Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. 88.2% of BBX Capital shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.1% of Hometrust Bancshares shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

BBX Capital beats Hometrust Bancshares on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

BBX Capital Company Profile

BBX Capital Corporation, formerly known as BFC Financial Corporation, is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in investments and acquisitions of middle market companies. The firm also invests in mergers and acquisition, add-on acquisitions, divestiture, taking public companies private and private companies public, leveraged buyout, partnership, recapitalization, and restructuring. It typically does not invest in industries or companies whose ultimate returns are event driven. The firm seeks to invest across a broad range of industries ranging from service to manufacturing businesses. The firm prefers to acquire controlling interests in its portfolio companies and can also consider minority investments. BFC Financial Corporation was founded in 1980 and is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Hometrust Bancshares Company Profile

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for HomeTrust Bank that provides a range of retail and commercial banking products. Its deposit products include savings, money market, and demand accounts, as well as certificates of deposit for individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The company's loan portfolio comprises retail consumer loans, such as one-to-four-family real estate lending, home equity lines of credit, construction and land/lots, indirect auto finance, and consumer lending; and commercial loans that include commercial real estate lending, construction and development lending, and commercial and industrial loans. It also provides small business administration loans, indirect automobile loans, and municipal leases; and cash management and online/mobile banking services, as well as ground and equipment lease financing to fire departments. As of June 30, 2018, the company operated 43 offices in North Carolina, Upstate South Carolina, East Tennessee, and Southwest Virginia. HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina.

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