Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) versus Republic First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FRBK) Financial Review

Republic First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FRBK) and Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

69.4% of Republic First Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.6% of Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.4% of Republic First Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.8% of Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Republic First Bancorp and Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR), as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Republic First Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) 0 1 0 0 2.00

Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) has a consensus target price of $28.50, indicating a potential upside of 27.86%. Given Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR)’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) is more favorable than Republic First Bancorp.

Profitability

This table compares Republic First Bancorp and Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Republic First Bancorp 9.43% 6.41% 0.38%
Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) 40.76% 11.86% 1.83%

Risk and Volatility

Republic First Bancorp has a beta of 1.36, indicating that its stock price is 36% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) has a beta of 1.53, indicating that its stock price is 53% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Republic First Bancorp and Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR)’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Republic First Bancorp $151.52 million 1.15 $5.05 million $0.13 22.85
Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) $787.75 million 4.64 $214.45 million $1.85 12.05

Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) has higher revenue and earnings than Republic First Bancorp. Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Republic First Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) beats Republic First Bancorp on 9 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Republic First Bancorp

Republic First Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company, which engages in the provision of a variety of credit and depository banking services, through its subsidiary. It offers checking; savings; cash management; commercial, small business administration, and commercial real estate loans; mortgages; credit, debit, and gift cards; online and mobile banking; merchant services; and mobile deposit services. The company was founded on November 16, 1987 and is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.

About Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR)

Home Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company, which engages in the provision of financial services through its subsidiary Centennial Bank. It primarily offers a range of commercial and retail banking and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals, and municipalities. The company was founded by John W. Allison and Robert H. Adcock Jr. in 1998 and is headquartered in Conway, AR.

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