Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ: CASH) and Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp (NASDAQ:BKYF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Meta Financial Group and Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Meta Financial Group 0 1 1 0 2.50
Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Meta Financial Group currently has a consensus price target of $108.00, suggesting a potential upside of 43.14%. Given Meta Financial Group’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Meta Financial Group is more favorable than Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Meta Financial Group and Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Meta Financial Group $238.92 million 2.95 $49.55 million $5.30 14.24
Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Meta Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.2% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Meta Financial Group and Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Meta Financial Group 18.74% 16.60% 1.58%
Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp 21.85% 8.12% 0.86%

Dividends

Meta Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp does not pay a dividend. Meta Financial Group pays out 9.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Meta Financial Group beats Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp on 8 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Meta Financial Group

Meta Financial Group, Inc. is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Payments, Banking, and Corporate Services/Other. MetaBank is both a community-oriented financial institution offering a range of financial services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and a payments company providing services on a nationwide basis. It operates in both the banking and payments industries through MetaBank, its retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems (MPS), its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. (AFS/IBEX), its insurance premium financing division, and Refund Advantage, EPS Financial, LLC (EPS) Financial and Specialty Consumer Services, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.

About Bank Of Kentucky Financial Corp

The Bank of Kentucky Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary The Bank of Kentucky, Inc. (the Bank), is engaged in the banking business. The Bank provides financial services and other financial solutions through 32 offices located in northern Kentucky. The principal products produced and services rendered by the Bank include commercial banking, consumer banking and trust services. The Bank provides a range of commercial banking services to corporations and other business clients that include loans and deposit services, including checking, lockbox services and other treasury management services. The Bank provides banking services to consumers, including checking, savings and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposits and individual retirement accounts. It also offers specialized services in the areas of fiduciary services and wealth management.

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