First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ: FNFG) is one of 302 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare First Niagara Financial Group to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, profitability, risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for First Niagara Financial Group and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Niagara Financial Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors 2179 8460 8515 333 2.36

As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 8.08%. Given First Niagara Financial Group’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe First Niagara Financial Group has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Dividends

First Niagara Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. First Niagara Financial Group pays out 65.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares First Niagara Financial Group and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Niagara Financial Group N/A N/A 20.78
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 386.70

First Niagara Financial Group’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than First Niagara Financial Group. First Niagara Financial Group 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 First Niagara Financial Group and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Niagara Financial Group 14.04% 4.06% 0.47%
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors 18.75% 8.42% 0.95%

Summary

First Niagara Financial Group rivals beat First Niagara Financial Group on 8 of the 9 factors compared.

About First Niagara Financial Group

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. is a bank holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. (the Bank). The Bank is engaged in providing financial services to individuals and businesses in New York, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts. The Bank is a nationally chartered regional bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses. The Bank operates through two segments: banking and financial services. The banking segment includes all of its retail and commercial banking operations. The financial services segment includes its insurance operations. Its financial services activities consist predominantly of insurance sales. Its financial services activities consist of insurance sales. The Bank provides a range of products and services through its retail consumer, commercial, business services and wealth management operations, including retail banking, cash management, insurance and wealth management products.

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