Landmark Bancorp (NASDAQ:LARK) and First Horizon National (NYSE:FHN) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, earnings, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Landmark Bancorp and First Horizon National’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Landmark Bancorp 21.08% 11.62% 1.08%
First Horizon National 24.57% 10.14% 1.16%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Landmark Bancorp and First Horizon National’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Landmark Bancorp $48.72 million 2.05 $10.43 million N/A N/A
First Horizon National $2.27 billion 2.22 $545.04 million $1.41 11.33

First Horizon National has higher revenue and earnings than Landmark Bancorp.

Dividends

Landmark Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. First Horizon National pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.5%. First Horizon National pays out 39.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Landmark Bancorp has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years and First Horizon National has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Landmark Bancorp has a beta of 0.52, suggesting that its stock price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Horizon National has a beta of 1.28, suggesting that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

19.4% of Landmark Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.9% of First Horizon National shares are owned by institutional investors. 18.1% of Landmark Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.9% of First Horizon National shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Landmark Bancorp and First Horizon National, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Landmark Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Horizon National 0 6 4 0 2.40

First Horizon National has a consensus target price of $18.58, suggesting a potential upside of 16.36%. Given First Horizon National’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe First Horizon National is more favorable than Landmark Bancorp.

Summary

First Horizon National beats Landmark Bancorp on 11 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Landmark Bancorp

Landmark Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Landmark National Bank that provides various financial and banking services. The company offers checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It also provides various loan products, such as one-to-four family residential real estate, construction and land, commercial real estate, commercial, municipal, and agriculture loans, as well as consumer and other loans, including automobile, boat, home improvement, and home equity loans. As of December 31, 2018, the company had 29 branch offices in 23 communities across the state of Kansas. Landmark Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1885 and is headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas.

About First Horizon National

First Horizon National Corporation operates as the bank holding company for First Tennessee Bank National Association that provides various financial services. It operates through four segments: Regional Banking, Fixed Income, Corporate, and Non-Strategic. The company offers general banking services for consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments. It is also involved in the underwriting of bank-eligible securities and other fixed-income securities eligible for underwriting by financial subsidiaries; loan sales; derivative sales; and provision of advisory services. In addition, the company offers brokerage services; correspondent banking services; transaction processing services comprising nationwide check clearing and remittance processing; trust, fiduciary, and agency services; credit card products; equipment finance; and investment and financial advisory services. Further, it engages in mutual fund and retail insurance sales, as well as provides mortgage banking services. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated approximately 300 branches under the First Tennessee Bank and Capital Bank brands. The company was founded in 1864 and is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

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