Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana (NASDAQ:HFBL) and Hamilton Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, profitability and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Hamilton Bancorp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana 0 0 0 0 N/A
Hamilton Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Dividends

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Hamilton Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

22.3% of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.5% of Hamilton Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 28.6% of Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 7.6% of Hamilton Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Hamilton Bancorp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana $21.41 million 2.75 $3.56 million N/A N/A
Hamilton Bancorp $20.07 million 2.53 -$6.04 million N/A N/A

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana has higher revenue and earnings than Hamilton Bancorp.

Volatility and Risk

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana has a beta of 0.66, indicating that its stock price is 34% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hamilton Bancorp has a beta of 0.15, indicating that its stock price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana and Hamilton Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana 17.64% 9.44% 1.06%
Hamilton Bancorp -25.09% -5.55% -0.60%

Summary

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana beats Hamilton Bancorp on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana Company Profile

Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana operates as the holding company for Home Federal Bank, a chartered savings bank that provides financial services to individuals, corporate entities, and other organizations in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area. It offers various deposit products, such as passbook savings, certificates of deposit, and demand deposit accounts. The company also provides one-to-four family residential real estate loans; commercial-real estate secured loans; multi-family residential loans; commercial business loans; land loans; construction loans; home equity and second mortgage loans; equity lines of credit; and consumer non-real estate loans, including loans secured by deposit accounts, automobile loans, overdrafts, and other unsecured loans. It operates through its main office and six full service branch offices located in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana. Home Federal Bancorp, Inc. of Louisiana was founded in 1924 and is based in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Hamilton Bancorp Company Profile

Hamilton Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Hamilton Bank, a federally chartered savings bank that provides a range of banking services primarily to small and middle-market businesses, and middle-income individuals. Its deposit products include certificate of deposit accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, NOW accounts, and individual retirement accounts, as well as noninterest-bearing demand and health savings accounts. The company's loan products comprise one-to four-family residential mortgage loans, commercial real estate loans, commercial business loans, home equity loans and lines of credit, and construction loans; and consumer loans consisting of automobile loans and loans secured by deposits. In addition, it invests in securities, which consist primarily of the U.S. government agency, municipal and corporate bond obligations, mortgage-backed securities, and collateralized mortgage obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government-sponsored enterprises, as well as equity securities of government-sponsored enterprises. Further, the company provides ATM, online banking, and remote deposit capture services. It serves employment sectors, including services, manufacturing, wholesale/retail trade, federal and local government, health care facilities, and finance related employment. The company serves customers through seven full-service banking offices located in Cockeysville, Pasadena, Towson, Rosedale, Ellicott City, and Baltimore City in Maryland. Hamilton Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Towson, Maryland.

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