Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ: GSBC) is one of 209 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Great Southern Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and risk.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Great Southern Bancorp and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Great Southern Bancorp $213.68 million $45.34 million 14.92
Great Southern Bancorp Competitors $343.33 million $72.29 million 18.80

Great Southern Bancorp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Great Southern Bancorp. Great Southern Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Great Southern Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Great Southern Bancorp 23.03% 11.60% 1.14%
Great Southern Bancorp Competitors 20.61% 8.81% 0.93%

Volatility & Risk

Great Southern Bancorp has a beta of 1.06, indicating that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Great Southern Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

40.3% of Great Southern Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.2% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 23.8% of Great Southern Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies 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.

Dividends

Great Southern Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Great Southern Bancorp pays out 26.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 34.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Great Southern Bancorp and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Great Southern Bancorp 0 2 0 0 2.00
Great Southern Bancorp Competitors 357 2831 2297 66 2.37

Great Southern Bancorp currently has a consensus price target of $52.00, suggesting a potential downside of 3.17%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.28%. Given Great Southern Bancorp’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Great Southern Bancorp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Summary

Great Southern Bancorp peers beat Great Southern Bancorp on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans. It also originates commercial real estate and other residential loans, primarily with adjustable rates or shorter-term fixed rates, and commercial business and consumer loans, primarily in indirect automobile lending. The Company’s investment portfolio consists of mortgage-backed securities, and states and political subdivisions. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank offered a range of banking services through its 104 banking centers located in southern and central Missouri; the Kansas City, Missouri area; the St. Louis, Missouri area; eastern Kansas; northwestern Arkansas; eastern Nebraska, the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, and eastern, western and central Iowa.

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