Merchants Bancshares,Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT) is one of 209 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Merchants Bancshares,Inc. to related businesses based on the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, earnings, institutional ownership and dividends.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.6% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.2% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 8.8% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. 20.64% 9.19% 0.71%
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors 20.58% 8.80% 0.93%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. N/A N/A 22.95
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors $343.33 million $72.29 million 18.99

Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Merchants Bancshares,Inc.. Merchants Bancshares,Inc. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors 357 2831 2297 66 2.37

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.39%. Given Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Volatility & Risk

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has a beta of 0.91, meaning that its stock price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s competitors have a beta of 0.74, meaning that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. competitors beat Merchants Bancshares,Inc. on 5 of the 8 factors compared.

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Company Profile

Merchants Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Merchants Bank (the Bank), is a commercial bank. The Bank offers a range of deposit, loan, cash management and trust services to meet the financial needs of individual consumers, businesses and municipalities. Merchants Bank’s trust division offers investment management, financial planning and trustee services. The Bank offers commercial, financial and agricultural loans, municipal loans, residential real estate loans, commercial real estate loans, construction real estate loans and consumer installment loans for various personal needs, including vehicle and boat financing. The Bank’s deposits include demand; savings and interest bearing checking and money market accounts, and time deposits.

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