Popular (NASDAQ: BPOP) is one of 308 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Popular to similar businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, earnings, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Popular and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Popular $1.93 billion $216.69 million 17.98
Popular Competitors $5.49 billion $821.37 million 363.85

Popular’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Popular. Popular 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.

Risk and Volatility

Popular has a beta of 1.33, indicating that its stock price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Popular’s peers have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Popular and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Popular 1 3 5 0 2.44
Popular Competitors 2126 8272 8349 329 2.36

Popular currently has a consensus target price of $47.10, suggesting a potential upside of 33.65%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 1.05%. Given Popular’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Popular is more favorable than its peers.


This table compares Popular and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Popular 9.98% 5.70% 0.73%
Popular Competitors 18.62% 8.60% 0.94%


Popular pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Popular pays out 51.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

84.8% of Popular shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Popular shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Popular peers beat Popular on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Popular

Popular, Inc. (Popular) is a financial holding company. The Company operates in two segments: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico (BPPR), which includes its Puerto Rico business, and Banco Popular North America (BPNA), which includes its the United States mainland business. The Company has operations in Puerto Rico, the United States and the Caribbean. The Company’s BPPR segment provides retail, mortgage and commercial banking services through its banking subsidiary, Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, as well as auto and equipment leasing and financing, investment banking, broker-dealer and insurance services through specialized subsidiaries. The Company’s BPNA segment consists of Popular North America, Inc. (PNA) functioning as the holding company for its operations in the United States. It also operates PNA’s subsidiary, E-LOAN, Inc. The banking operations of BPNA in the United States mainland are based in New York, Florida and New Jersey, conducted under the name of Popular Community Bank.

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