Investors Bancorp (NASDAQ: ISBC) and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends and profitability.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.7% of Investors Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.0% of Investors Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Investors Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) does not pay a dividend. Investors Bancorp pays out 50.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Investors Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Investors Bancorp $678.79 million 6.02 $193.67 million $0.63 21.10
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Investors Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE).

Profitability

This table compares Investors Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Investors Bancorp 20.91% 5.79% 0.77%
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Investors Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Investors Bancorp 1 1 4 0 2.50
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Investors Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $15.08, indicating a potential upside of 13.49%. Given Investors Bancorp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Investors Bancorp is more favorable than Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE).

Summary

Investors Bancorp beats Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Investors Bancorp

Investors Bancorp, Inc. is a holding company for Investors Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a chartered savings bank. The Company is in the business of attracting deposits from the public through its branch network and borrowing funds in the wholesale markets to originate loans and to invest in securities. It originates mortgage loans secured by one-to four-family residential real estate loans, multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, commercial and industrial loans and consumer loans, the majority of which are home equity loans and home equity lines of credit. Securities, primarily United States Government and Federal Agency obligations, mortgage-backed and other securities represented 12.3% of its assets as of December 31, 2012. In December 2013, Investors Bancorp Inc completed its acquisition of Roma Financial Corp, and its subsidiary banks, Roma Bank and RomAsia Bank. In January 2014, Investors Bancorp Inc acquired Gateway Community Financial Corp.

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