BancorpSouth (NYSE: BXS) is one of 308 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare BancorpSouth to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Dividends

BancorpSouth pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BancorpSouth pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BancorpSouth has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BancorpSouth and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BancorpSouth $762.21 million $132.72 million 19.82
BancorpSouth Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 373.71

BancorpSouth’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BancorpSouth. BancorpSouth 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.

Profitability

This table compares BancorpSouth and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BancorpSouth 19.59% 8.97% 1.03%
BancorpSouth Competitors 18.35% 8.26% 0.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for BancorpSouth and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BancorpSouth 0 9 1 0 2.10
BancorpSouth Competitors 2123 8158 8396 333 2.37

BancorpSouth currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.92%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.18%. Given BancorpSouth’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BancorpSouth is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk and Volatility

BancorpSouth has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BancorpSouth’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

66.4% of BancorpSouth shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of BancorpSouth shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company 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.

Summary

BancorpSouth rivals beat BancorpSouth on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

BancorpSouth Company Profile

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other. Its Community Banking segment provides a range of deposit products, commercial loans and consumer loans. Its Insurance Agencies segment serves as agents in the sale of commercial lines of insurance and full lines of property and casualty, life, health and employee benefits products and services. Its General Corporate and Other segment includes mortgage banking, trust services, credit card activities, investment services and other activities not allocated to the Community Banking or Insurance Agencies segments.

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