Access National (NASDAQ: ANCX) and KB Financial Group (NYSE:KB) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Access National and KB Financial Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Access National 0 3 3 0 2.50
KB Financial Group 0 0 2 0 3.00

Access National currently has a consensus price target of $31.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.35%. Given Access National’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Access National is more favorable than KB Financial Group.

Volatility and Risk

Access National has a beta of 0.98, suggesting that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, KB Financial Group has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Access National and KB Financial Group’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Access National $81.82 million 6.96 $16.40 million $0.94 29.62
KB Financial Group $9.97 billion 2.35 $1.78 billion $6.44 9.09

KB Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Access National. KB Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Access National, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Access National and KB Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Access National 13.61% 8.24% 1.05%
KB Financial Group 23.89% 9.95% 0.80%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

37.5% of Access National shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 5.9% of KB Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.2% of Access National shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 69.0% of KB Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Access National pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. KB Financial Group does not pay a dividend. Access National pays out 63.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

KB Financial Group beats Access National on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Access National

Access National Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiary, Access National Bank (the Bank). The Bank offers a range of financial services and products, and specializes in providing customized financial services to small and medium sized businesses, professionals and associated individuals. The Company operates through three segments: traditional commercial banking, mortgage banking and wealth management. Its commercial banking segment includes loans, investment securities and deposit services. Its mortgage banking segment includes mortgage loans held for sale, sales of loans in the secondary mortgage market and loan origination. Its wealth management segment includes portfolio asset management. The commercial banking segment provides the mortgage banking segment with the short-term funds needed to originate mortgage loans through a warehouse line of credit and charges interest to the mortgage banking segment.

About KB Financial Group

KB Financial Group Inc. is a financial holding company in Korea. The Company’s operations include Kookmin Bank, a commercial bank in Korea. The Company operates through six business segments: retail banking operations, corporate banking operations, other banking operations, credit card operations, investment and securities operations, and life insurance operations. The retail banking operations segment consists of retail banking services provided by Kookmin Bank. The corporate banking operations consist of corporate banking services provided by Kookmin Bank. The other banking operations include treasury activities and back office administrative operations. The credit card operations segment consists of credit card activities. The investment and securities operations consist of securities brokerage, investment banking, securities investment and trading and other capital markets services. The life insurance segment consists of life insurance and wealth management services.

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