Metro Bank (OTCMKTS:MBNKF) and KB Financial Group (NYSE:KB) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, profitability, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.


KB Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $1.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.4%. Metro Bank does not pay a dividend. KB Financial Group pays out 18.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. KB Financial Group has increased its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Metro Bank and KB Financial Group, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Metro Bank 1 1 0 0 1.50
KB Financial Group 0 1 3 0 2.75

KB Financial Group has a consensus price target of $61.00, indicating a potential upside of 49.18%. Given KB Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe KB Financial Group is more favorable than Metro Bank.

Risk and Volatility

Metro Bank has a beta of 0.61, suggesting that its stock price is 39% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KB Financial Group has a beta of 0.75, suggesting that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Metro Bank and KB Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Metro Bank N/A N/A N/A
KB Financial Group 20.31% 8.85% 0.66%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Metro Bank and KB Financial Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Metro Bank $344.86 million 2.88 N/A N/A N/A
KB Financial Group $14.28 billion 1.13 $2.79 billion $7.43 5.50

KB Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Metro Bank.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

1.7% of Metro Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 6.1% of KB Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 69.0% of KB Financial Group shares are owned by 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.


KB Financial Group beats Metro Bank on 12 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Metro Bank Company Profile

Metro Bank PLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and corporate banking services in the United Kingdom. The company offers personal banking products and services, including current and savings accounts; residential mortgages; credit cards and personal loans; and safe deposit box services. It also provides business banking products and services comprising deposit accounts, including business instant access, fixed term, client monies, and business tracker notice accounts; commercial loans, working capital, business credit cards, asset financing, invoice financing, and portfolio buy-to-let; business credit cards, cash management services; and partnership banking services. Metro Bank PLC was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

KB Financial Group Company Profile

KB Financial Group Inc., a financial holding company, provides a range of banking and related financial services to consumers and corporations in South Korea and internationally. It operates through Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Other Banking Services, Securities Business, Non-life Insurance Business, Credit Card Business, and Life Insurance Business segments. The company offers deposit and credit products and services, and other related financial services to large, small, medium-sized enterprises and SOHOs, and individuals and households; and engages in trading in securities and derivatives, funding, and other supporting activities. It also provides investment banking, brokerage, and other supporting services; property and life insurance; and credit sale, cash service, and card loan services. In addition, the company offers foreign exchange transaction; financial investment; credit card and installment finance; security investment trust management and advisory; financial leasing; real estate trust management; capital investment; collection of receivables or credit investigation; software advisory, development, and supply; investment advisory and securities dealing; claim; management; asset-backed securitization; investment trust; trust asset management; and real estate services. KB Financial Group Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

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