SVB Financial Group (NASDAQ: SIVB) and Southwest Bancorp (NASDAQ:OKSB) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for SVB Financial Group and Southwest Bancorp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SVB Financial Group 0 2 8 0 2.80
Southwest Bancorp 0 5 1 0 2.17

SVB Financial Group presently has a consensus target price of $203.27, indicating a potential upside of 8.65%. Southwest Bancorp has a consensus target price of $25.00, indicating a potential downside of 9.26%. Given SVB Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe SVB Financial Group is more favorable than Southwest Bancorp.

Dividends

Southwest Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. SVB Financial Group does not pay a dividend. Southwest Bancorp pays out 27.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares SVB Financial Group and Southwest Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SVB Financial Group $1.67 billion 5.90 $434.19 million $8.24 22.71
Southwest Bancorp $96.35 million 5.34 $21.49 million $1.15 23.96

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

Risk & Volatility

SVB Financial Group has a beta of 1.61, indicating that its stock price is 61% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Southwest Bancorp has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares SVB Financial Group and Southwest Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SVB Financial Group 24.36% 11.27% 0.95%
Southwest Bancorp 19.38% 7.44% 0.86%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

92.1% of SVB Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of Southwest Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of SVB Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 6.4% of Southwest Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

SVB Financial Group beats Southwest Bancorp on 13 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

SVB Financial Group Company Profile

SVB Financial Group is a financial services company, as well as a bank holding and a financial holding company. The Company’s segments include Global Commercial Bank, SVB Private Bank and SVB Capital. The Global Commercial Bank segment consists of the operations of its Commercial Bank, and of SVB Wine, SVB Analytics and its Debt Fund Investments. SVB Private Bank is the private banking division of the Bank, which provides a range of personal financial solutions for consumers. SVB Capital is the venture capital investment arm of SVB Financial Group, which focuses primarily on funds management. The Company, through its subsidiaries and divisions, offers a range of banking and financial products and services to clients across the United States. It offers services in the technology, life science/healthcare, private equity/venture capital and wine industries. The Bank and its subsidiaries, also offer asset management, private wealth management, brokerage and other investment services.

Southwest Bancorp Company Profile

Southwest Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company operates in four segments: Oklahoma Banking, Texas Banking, Kansas Banking and Other Operations. The Oklahoma Banking segment provides deposit and lending services and consists of residential mortgage lending services to customers. The Texas Banking segment and the Kansas Banking segment provide deposit and lending services. Other Operations segment includes funds management unit and corporate investments. The Oklahoma Banking segment includes the Stillwater division, the Central Oklahoma division based in Oklahoma City, the Tulsa division, and the Colorado division based in Denver; Texas Banking segment includes the Dallas division, the Fort Worth division, the Austin division and the San Antonio division, and Kansas Banking segment includes the Wichita division and the Hutchinson division. The Stillwater division, Hutchinson division and Denver division serve their respective markets as full-service community banks.

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