Bridge Bancorp (NASDAQ: BDGE) and Banc of California (NASDAQ:FPTB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and Banc of California’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridge Bancorp 22.91% 8.82% 0.89%
Banc of California 18.64% 5.41% 0.57%

Dividends

Bridge Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Banc of California does not pay a dividend. Bridge Bancorp pays out 47.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

55.6% of Bridge Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 5.3% of Bridge Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and Banc of California’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridge Bancorp $133.37 million 4.41 $37.20 million $1.92 15.81
Banc of California N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Bridge Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Banc of California.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Bridge Bancorp and Banc of California, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridge Bancorp 0 2 0 0 2.00
Banc of California 0 0 0 0 N/A

Bridge Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $38.50, suggesting a potential upside of 26.85%. Given Bridge Bancorp’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Bridge Bancorp is more favorable than Banc of California.

Summary

Bridge Bancorp beats Banc of California on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bridge Bancorp Company Profile

Bridge Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for The Bridgehampton National Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s operations include its real estate investment trust subsidiary, Bridgehampton Community, Inc. (BCI), a financial title insurance subsidiary, Bridge Abstract LLC (Bridge Abstract), and an investment services subsidiary, Bridge Financial Services LLC (Bridge Financial Services). As of December 31, 2016, the Bank operated 40 branches in its primary market areas of Suffolk and Nassau Counties on Long Island and the New York City boroughs, including 38 in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, one in Bayside, Queens and one in Manhattan. The Bank engages in full service commercial and consumer banking business, including accepting time, savings and demand deposits from the consumers, businesses and local municipalities in its market area. The Bank also offers the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) and Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) programs.

Banc of California Company Profile

Banc of California, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company is the parent of Banc of California, National Association (the Bank). The Company operates through Commercial Banking; Mortgage Banking, and Corporate/Other segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank had 90 California banking locations, including 39 full service branches in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. The Bank offers automated bill payment, cash and treasury management, master demand accounts, foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, trust services, card payment services, remote and mobile deposit capture, automatic clearing house (ACH) origination, wire transfer, direct deposit, and safe deposit boxes. Bank customers also have the ability to access their accounts through a nationwide network of automated teller machines (ATMs), online, telephone and mobile banking. The Bank’s lending activities are focused on providing financing to private businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners.

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