State Bank Financial Corporation. (NASDAQ: STBZ) and Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares State Bank Financial Corporation. and Barclays PLC’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
State Bank Financial Corporation. $204.11 million 4.89 $49.64 million $1.31 20.12
Barclays PLC $26.16 billion 1.69 -$724.84 million ($0.17) -60.82

State Bank Financial Corporation. has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Barclays PLC. Barclays PLC is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than State Bank Financial Corporation., indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk & Volatility

State Bank Financial Corporation. has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Barclays PLC has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares State Bank Financial Corporation. and Barclays PLC’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
State Bank Financial Corporation. 22.61% 8.40% 1.25%
Barclays PLC -2.65% 2.57% 0.15%

Dividends

State Bank Financial Corporation. pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Barclays PLC pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. State Bank Financial Corporation. pays out 42.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Barclays PLC pays out -88.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.7% of State Bank Financial Corporation. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.5% of Barclays PLC shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of State Bank Financial Corporation. shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 0.0% of Barclays PLC shares are held by company 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for State Bank Financial Corporation. and Barclays PLC, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
State Bank Financial Corporation. 0 3 1 0 2.25
Barclays PLC 6 3 6 0 2.00

State Bank Financial Corporation. presently has a consensus price target of $28.17, indicating a potential upside of 6.85%. Barclays PLC has a consensus price target of $10.06, indicating a potential downside of 2.71%. Given State Bank Financial Corporation.’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe State Bank Financial Corporation. is more favorable than Barclays PLC.

Summary

State Bank Financial Corporation. beats Barclays PLC on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

State Bank Financial Corporation. Company Profile

State Bank Financial Corporation is a bank holding company for State Bank and Trust Company (the Bank). The Bank is a Georgia-based state-chartered bank. The Company offers community banking services to individuals and businesses. Its product line includes loans to small and medium-sized businesses, residential and commercial construction and development loans, commercial real estate loans, farmland and agricultural production loans, residential mortgage loans, home equity loans, and consumer loans. It also offers various commercial and consumer demand, savings and time deposit products, and online banking and bill payment services, online cash management, safe deposit box, rentals, debit card and automatic teller machine (ATM) card services. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 31 full-service branches throughout Georgia. Its deposit products and services include checking accounts, commercial operating accounts, and short-term to longer-term certificates of deposit (CDs).

Barclays PLC Company Profile

Barclays PLC, is a global financial services holding company. The Company is engaged in credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services. The Company’s segments include Barclays UK and Barclays International. The Barclays UK segment includes the local consumer, small business, the United Kingdom wealth and credit cards business.

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