Camden National (NASDAQ: CAC) is one of 312 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Camden National to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, earnings, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

63.4% of Camden National shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.3% of Camden National 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 endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Camden National pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Camden National pays out 33.8% 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. Camden National is clearly a better dividend stock than its competitors, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Volatility and Risk

Camden National has a beta of 0.8, meaning that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Camden National’s competitors have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Camden National and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Camden National $169.25 million $40.06 million 16.02
Camden National Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 382.42

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

Profitability

This table compares Camden National and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Camden National 24.70% 10.56% 1.07%
Camden National Competitors 18.52% 8.21% 0.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Camden National and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Camden National 0 1 0 0 2.00
Camden National Competitors 2253 8746 8714 358 2.36

Camden National presently has a consensus target price of $48.00, suggesting a potential upside of 10.14%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.36%. Given Camden National’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Camden National is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Camden National beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Camden National Company Profile

Camden National Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company is a diversified financial services provider. The primary business of the Company and its subsidiary, Camden National Bank (the Bank), is to attract deposits from, and to extend loans to, consumer, institutional, municipal, non-profit and commercial customers. The Company, through the Bank, offers commercial and consumer banking products and services, and through Camden Financial Consultants and Camden National Wealth Management, divisions of the Bank, brokerage and insurance services, as well as investment management and fiduciary services. The Bank is a national banking association. The Company had 61 banking centers, 84 automated teller machines and three lending offices as of December 31, 2016. The Company operates and manages the Bank’s business within Maine’s various regions, including Mid Coast, Southern, Central, Bangor and Downeast. Healthcare Professional Funding Corporation is a subsidiary of the Bank.

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