Howard Bancorp (NASDAQ: HBMD) is one of 310 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Howard Bancorp to similar businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

64.6% of Howard Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.6% of Howard Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

Howard Bancorp has a beta of -0.07, indicating that its stock price is 107% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Howard Bancorp’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, indicating that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Howard Bancorp and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Howard Bancorp 0 0 2 0 3.00
Howard Bancorp Competitors 2188 8510 8586 334 2.36

Howard Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $22.00, indicating a potential downside of 3.72%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 6.94%. Given Howard Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Howard Bancorp is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Howard Bancorp and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Howard Bancorp $53.52 million $5.30 million 33.12
Howard Bancorp Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 388.34

Howard Bancorp’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Howard Bancorp. Howard Bancorp 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 Howard Bancorp and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Howard Bancorp 10.57% 5.33% 0.58%
Howard Bancorp Competitors 18.41% 8.29% 0.93%

Summary

Howard Bancorp rivals beat Howard Bancorp on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About Howard Bancorp

Howard Bancorp, Inc. is the bank holding company of Howard Bank. The Company’s primary business is to own all of the capital stock of Howard Bank. The Company operates through Community Banking segment. Howard Bank is a trust company, which has approximately four operating subsidiaries. The Company offers a range of services to its customers, including wire transfer services, automated teller machine (ATM) and check cards, ATMs at all of its service branch locations, safe deposit boxes at all service locations and credit cards through a third-party processor. Additionally, it provides Internet banking services to its customers and merchant card services for its business customers. The Company’s primary market focus is on making loans to and gathering deposits from small and medium size businesses and their owners, professionals and executives, and high-net-worth individuals in its primary market area.

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