Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE: BBVA) and Banorte (OTCMKTS:GBOOY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Banorte, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria 0 2 1 0 2.33
Banorte 0 0 0 0 N/A

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria currently has a consensus price target of $7.79, suggesting a potential downside of 2.14%. Given Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is more favorable than Banorte.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Banorte’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria $28.55 billion 1.83 $3.98 billion $0.73 10.90
Banorte $4.47 billion 4.16 $1.03 billion N/A N/A

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has higher revenue and earnings than Banorte.

Volatility and Risk

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banorte has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

3.4% of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Banorte shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and Banorte’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria 13.74% 8.63% 0.67%
Banorte 18.33% 14.37% 1.60%

Dividends

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Banorte pays an annual dividend of $0.75 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria pays out 41.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Summary

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria beats Banorte on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale banking, asset management, and private banking services. The company accepts various deposits, such as current and savings accounts, fixed-term deposits, subordinated deposits, and other accounts. It also offers loan products; and foreclosed real-estate assets from residential mortgages and developers, as well as lending to developers. The company also offers credit cards; and corporate and business banking, corporate and investment banking, and insurance. It operates in Spain, Mexico, South America, the United States, Turkey, Asia-Pacific, and rest of Europe. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

About Banorte

Grupo Financiero Banorte, S.A.B. de C.V., through its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services in Mexico. It offers deposits, which include demand deposit savings accounts, term deposit savings accounts, checking accounts, mutual funds, and payroll; and credit products comprising credit cards, car loans, payroll loans, and mortgages. The company also provides individual accounts, specialized service, integration of resources, and infonavit advice; insurance, such as car, life, health, damage, and SME; and pensions. In addition, it offers fund operator, asset administration, investment banking, investment funds, stock market, money market, Internet banking, mobile phone banking, and cash management services. Further, the company provides services for banking, brokerage, leasing, general warehousing services, fleet administration, and annuities, as well as the acquisition, disposal, administration, collection, and general negotiation in any form of claims. Additionally, it engages in long term savings, leasing and factoring, and international banking businesses. The company operates through a network of approximately 1,191 branches, 7,425 ATMs, 6,989 third-party correspondents, and 155,893 point of sale terminals. Grupo Financiero Banorte, S.A.B. de C.V. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico.

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