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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Republic First Bancorp and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Republic First Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Republic First Bancorp Competitors 357 2831 2297 66 2.37

Republic First Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $9.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.35%. Given Republic First Bancorp’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Republic First Bancorp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.7% of Republic First Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of Republic First Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Republic First Bancorp and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Republic First Bancorp $69.35 million $4.94 million 64.29
Republic First Bancorp Competitors $343.33 million $72.32 million 18.77

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

Risk and Volatility

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

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Republic First Bancorp 8.97% 3.51% 0.39%
Republic First Bancorp Competitors 20.59% 8.79% 0.93%

Summary

Republic First Bancorp peers beat Republic First Bancorp on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Republic First Bancorp Company Profile

Republic First Bancorp, Inc. is a holding company for Republic First Bank (Republic or the Bank), which does business under the name Republic Bank. The Company’s community banking segment encompasses the commercial loan and deposit activities of Republic, as well as consumer loan products in the areas surrounding its store network. The Company offers a range of banking products and services, including consumer and commercial deposit accounts, checking accounts, interest-bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, savings accounts, sweep accounts, lockbox services and individual retirement accounts (and other traditional banking services), secured and unsecured commercial loans, real estate loans, construction and land development loans, automobile loans, home improvement loans, mortgages, home equity and overdraft lines of credit, and other products. The Bank offers a range of credit and depository banking services.

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