First Busey (BUSE) vs. Popular (BPOP) Head to Head Comparison
First Busey (NASDAQ: BUSE) and Popular (NASDAQ:BPOP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership and risk.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares First Busey and Popular’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|First Busey||$308.78 million||5.08||$62.72 million||$1.61||20.01|
|Popular||$2.15 billion||2.18||$107.68 million||$2.68||17.09|
This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for First Busey and Popular, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
First Busey currently has a consensus target price of $33.75, suggesting a potential upside of 4.75%. Popular has a consensus target price of $49.36, suggesting a potential upside of 7.77%. Given Popular’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Popular is more favorable than First Busey.
First Busey pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Popular pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. First Busey pays out 49.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Popular pays out 37.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. First Busey has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years and Popular has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. First Busey is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
Volatility and Risk
First Busey has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Popular has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
48.1% of First Busey shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.8% of Popular shares are owned by institutional investors. 11.2% of First Busey shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of Popular shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
This table compares First Busey and Popular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
First Busey beats Popular on 9 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About First Busey
First Busey Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Busey Bank that provides retail and commercial banking products and services to individual, corporate, institutional, and governmental customers in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Banking, Remittance Processing, and Wealth Management. It offers customary types of demand and savings deposits; and commercial, agricultural, commercial and residential real estate, and consumer loans, as well as home equity lines of credit. The company also provides money transfer, safe deposit, IRA, Keogh and other fiduciary, ATM and technology-based networks, and online and mobile banking services. In addition, it offers investment management, trust, estate advisory, and financial planning services, as well as business succession planning, and employee retirement planning services; investment strategy consulting and fiduciary services; and security brokerage services. Further, the company provides pay processing solutions, such as walk-in payment processing for payments delivered by customers to retail pay agents; online bill payment solutions for payments made by customers on a billing company's Website; customer service payments for payments accepted over the telephone; direct debit services; electronic concentration of payments delivered by the automated clearing house network; money management software and credit card networks; and lockbox remittance processing of payments delivered by mail. It has 28 banking centers in Illinois; 7 in southwest Florida; and 1 in Indianapolis, Indiana. First Busey Corporation was founded in 1868 and is headquartered in Champaign, Illinois.
Popular, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various retail, mortgage, and commercial banking products and services primarily to institutional and retail customers. The company accepts various deposit products. It also offers commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans; residential mortgage loans; consumer loans, including personal loans, credit cards, home equity lines of credit, and other loans to individual borrowers; construction loans; and lease financing comprising automobile loans/leases. In addition, the company provides financial advisory, investment banking, investment and securities brokerage, and insurance and reinsurance services. As of December 31, 2017, it owned and occupied approximately 67 branch premises and other facilities in Puerto Rico; and 62 offices comprising 6 owned and 56 leased in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Popular, Inc. was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.
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