Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL) is one of 206 public companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare Sterling Bancorp to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

90.9% of Sterling Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.7% of Sterling Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned 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.

Dividends

Sterling Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Sterling Bancorp pays out 23.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Sterling Bancorp and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sterling Bancorp 0 1 8 0 2.89
Sterling Bancorp Competitors 847 3947 2860 114 2.29

Sterling Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $27.42, suggesting a potential upside of 15.20%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 2.57%. Given Sterling Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Sterling Bancorp is more favorable than its rivals.

Volatility & Risk

Sterling Bancorp has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sterling Bancorp’s rivals have a beta of 0.73, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Sterling Bancorp and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sterling Bancorp 28.40% 8.62% 1.11%
Sterling Bancorp Competitors 19.70% 8.37% 0.88%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Sterling Bancorp and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sterling Bancorp $474.00 million N/A 19.83
Sterling Bancorp Competitors N/A N/A 24.79

Sterling Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

Sterling Bancorp beats its rivals on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

Sterling Bancorp Company Profile

Sterling Bancorp is a financial holding company. The Company is a bank holding company that owns the Sterling National Bank (the Bank). The Bank specializes in the delivery of services and solutions to business owners, their families and consumers within the communities it serves. The Bank offers a line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. The Bank is engaged in the origination of commercial loans and commercial mortgage loans. The Company also originates residential mortgage loans and consumer loans. The Bank offers services in the New York Metro Market, which includes Manhattan and Long Island, and the New York Suburban Market, which consists of Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey. Its deposit products include non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand deposits, savings, money market and certificate of deposits.

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