Banc of California (NYSE: BANC) is one of 308 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Banc of California to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, profitability and earnings.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Banc of California and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Banc of California $656.85 million $115.41 million 20.24
Banc of California Competitors $5.55 billion $833.70 million 390.66

Banc of California’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Banc of California. Banc of California is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Banc of California has a beta of 0.97, meaning that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banc of California’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Banc of California pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Banc of California pays out 49.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 16.9% of Banc of California 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings for Banc of California and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banc of California 0 1 3 0 2.75
Banc of California Competitors 2414 8728 8708 369 2.35

Banc of California currently has a consensus price target of $23.33, suggesting a potential upside of 8.78%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.47%. Given Banc of California’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Banc of California is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Banc of California and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banc of California 15.48% 11.78% 0.80%
Banc of California Competitors 18.63% 8.33% 0.93%

Summary

Banc of California rivals beat Banc of California on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Banc of California Company Profile

Banc of California, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company is the parent of Banc of California, National Association (the Bank). The Company operates through Commercial Banking; Mortgage Banking, and Corporate/Other segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank had 90 California banking locations, including 39 full service branches in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. The Bank offers automated bill payment, cash and treasury management, master demand accounts, foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, trust services, card payment services, remote and mobile deposit capture, automatic clearing house (ACH) origination, wire transfer, direct deposit, and safe deposit boxes. Bank customers also have the ability to access their accounts through a nationwide network of automated teller machines (ATMs), online, telephone and mobile banking. The Bank’s lending activities are focused on providing financing to private businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners.

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