Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. (NYSE: BSMX) and First Community Corporation (NASDAQ:FCCO) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. and First Community Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. 0 3 2 0 2.40
First Community Corporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. currently has a consensus price target of $9.05, suggesting a potential downside of 8.03%. First Community Corporation has a consensus price target of $21.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.22%. Given First Community Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe First Community Corporation is more favorable than Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V..

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. and First Community Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. $2.91 billion 4.58 $894.61 million $0.66 14.91
First Community Corporation $36.89 million 3.66 $6.76 million $1.01 19.95

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. has higher revenue and earnings than First Community Corporation. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Community Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

30.9% of Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.1% of First Community Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. 8.7% of First Community Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. has a beta of 1.39, indicating that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Community Corporation has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. pays an annual dividend of $0.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. First Community Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. pays out 83.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. First Community Corporation pays out 35.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. and First Community Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. 15.97% 15.11% 1.37%
First Community Corporation 17.39% 8.24% 0.75%

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico S.A. B. de C.V. Company Profile

Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV, formerly Santander Mexico Financial Group SAB de CV or Grupo Financiero Santander SAB de CV, is a Mexico-based financial institution. The Company is primarily engaged in the provision of multiple banking services, securities brokerage, financial advice services, as well as other related investment activities. The Company offers its services to both, individual and corporate clients. The Company owns such principal subsidiaries as Banco Santander (Mexico) SA, Casa de Bolsa Santander SA de CV and Zurich Santander Seguros Mexico S.A.

First Community Corporation Company Profile

First Community Corporation is a bank holding company for First Community Bank (the Bank). The Bank offers commercial and retail banking services to small-to-medium sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals, primarily in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw and Newberry Counties of South Carolina and the surrounding areas. The Bank offers a range of traditional banking products and services for professionals and small-to medium-sized businesses, including consumer and commercial, mortgage, brokerage and investment, and insurance services. The Bank also offers online banking to its customers. Its other services include Internet banking, cash management services, safe deposit boxes, traveler checks, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, and automatic drafts for various accounts. The Bank offers non-deposit investment products and other investment brokerage services through a registered representative with an affiliation through LPL Financial.

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