BancorpSouth Bank (NYSE: BXS) is one of 311 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare BancorpSouth Bank to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for BancorpSouth Bank and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BancorpSouth Bank 0 8 1 0 2.11
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors 2129 8348 8371 329 2.36

BancorpSouth Bank currently has a consensus price target of $32.83, suggesting a potential upside of 2.76%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 1.08%. Given BancorpSouth Bank’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe BancorpSouth Bank is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

BancorpSouth Bank has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its stock price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BancorpSouth Bank’s rivals have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.4% of BancorpSouth Bank shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of BancorpSouth Bank shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

BancorpSouth Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. BancorpSouth Bank pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BancorpSouth Bank has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares BancorpSouth Bank and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BancorpSouth Bank 21.19% 9.35% 1.07%
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors 18.65% 8.60% 0.94%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BancorpSouth Bank and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
BancorpSouth Bank $762.21 million $132.72 million 19.36
BancorpSouth Bank Competitors $5.49 billion $821.37 million 360.49

BancorpSouth Bank’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BancorpSouth Bank. BancorpSouth Bank 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.

Summary

BancorpSouth Bank rivals beat BancorpSouth Bank on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

BancorpSouth Bank Company Profile

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other. Its Community Banking segment provides a range of deposit products, commercial loans and consumer loans. Its Insurance Agencies segment serves as agents in the sale of commercial lines of insurance and full lines of property and casualty, life, health and employee benefits products and services. Its General Corporate and Other segment includes mortgage banking, trust services, credit card activities, investment services and other activities not allocated to the Community Banking or Insurance Agencies segments.

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