Bco Com Portugues (NYSE: SAN) and Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

1.6% of Banco Santander shares are held by institutional investors. 9.5% of Banco Santander shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bco Com Portugues and Banco Santander’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bco Com Portugues N/A N/A N/A
Banco Santander 13.97% 7.55% 0.56%

Volatility and Risk

Bco Com Portugues has a beta of -0.63, suggesting that its share price is 163% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banco Santander has a beta of 1.39, suggesting that its share price is 39% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Banco Santander pays an annual dividend of $0.23 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Bco Com Portugues does not pay a dividend. Banco Santander pays out 44.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Bco Com Portugues and Banco Santander, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bco Com Portugues 0 0 0 0 N/A
Banco Santander 0 0 3 0 3.00

Banco Santander has a consensus price target of $6.20, suggesting a potential upside of 27.84%. Given Banco Santander’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Banco Santander is more favorable than Bco Com Portugues.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bco Com Portugues and Banco Santander’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bco Com Portugues N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Banco Santander $54.66 billion 1.42 $7.48 billion $0.52 9.33

Banco Santander has higher revenue and earnings than Bco Com Portugues.

Summary

Banco Santander beats Bco Com Portugues on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Santander

Banco Santander, S.A., together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail and commercial banking products and services for individual and corporate clients worldwide. It offers demand and time deposits, and current and savings accounts; certificates of deposit; mortgages, auto finance, and personal loans; working capital finance; and debit and credit cards, as well as life and non-life insurance products. The company also provides cash management, trade finance, custody and securities, and securitization services; corporate loans; capital market products; and syndicated corporate finance services. In addition, it is involved in the corporate banking, treasury, and investment banking activities; fixed income and equity derivatives; trading and hedging derivatives; and brokerage of equities. Further, the company offers asset management, private banking, and processing services, as well as mobile and online banking services. It operates through a network of 13,697 branches. The company was formerly known as Banco Santander Central Hispano S.A. and changed its name to Banco Santander, S.A. in June 2007. Banco Santander, S.A. was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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