Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) (NASDAQ: BOCH) and NewBridge Bancorp (NASDAQ:NBBC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, profitabiliy, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

34.5% of Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) shares are held by institutional investors. 7.5% of Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) and NewBridge Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) 19.12% 9.61% 0.81%
NewBridge Bancorp 12.68% 5.25% 0.49%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) and NewBridge Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) 0 1 0 0 2.00
NewBridge Bancorp 0 0 1 0 3.00

Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) presently has a consensus target price of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 16.50%. NewBridge Bancorp has a consensus target price of $9.00, suggesting a potential downside of 17.66%. Given Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA)’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) is more favorable than NewBridge Bancorp.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) and NewBridge Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) $42.90 million 3.60 $10.06 million $0.67 15.37
NewBridge Bancorp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) has higher revenue and earnings than NewBridge Bancorp.

Dividends

Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. NewBridge Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) beats NewBridge Bancorp on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bank of Commerce Holdings (CA) Company Profile

Bank of Commerce Holdings (Holding Company) is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal business is to serve as a holding company for Redding Bank of Commerce (Bank), which operates under two separate names (Redding Bank of Commerce and Sacramento Bank of Commerce). The Bank operates over four full service facilities in two diverse markets in Northern California. The Bank provides a range of financial services and products for business and retail customers. Its principal products include various types of accounts, such as checking, interest-bearing checking, savings, certificate of deposit and money market deposit. It also offers sweep arrangements, commercial loans, construction loans, term loans, safe deposit boxes and electronic banking services. The primary focus of the Bank is to provide banking and related services to small and mid-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well as banking services for consumers, primarily business owners and their employees.

NewBridge Bancorp Company Profile

NewBridge Bancorp is a bank holding company. The Bank, through its banking subsidiary, NewBridge Bank and its branch network, provides a range of banking products to small to medium-sized businesses and retail clients in its market areas. The Bank provides services, which include interest-bearing and noninterest-bearing demand deposit accounts, certificates of deposits, individual retirement accounts, overdraft protection, personal and corporate trust services, safe deposit boxes, online banking, corporate cash management, brokerage, financial planning and asset management, and secured and unsecured loans. The Bank’s deposit products include noninterest-bearing checking accounts, interest-bearing checking accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. Its primary lending products are commercial, real estate and consumer loans.

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