Grupo Financiero Galicia (NASDAQ:GGAL) and Swedbank (OTCMKTS:SWDBY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, institutional ownership, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Grupo Financiero Galicia and Swedbank, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grupo Financiero Galicia 0 2 2 0 2.50
Swedbank 0 2 0 0 2.00

Grupo Financiero Galicia presently has a consensus target price of $100.00, suggesting a potential upside of 336.87%. Given Grupo Financiero Galicia’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Grupo Financiero Galicia is more favorable than Swedbank.

Profitability

This table compares Grupo Financiero Galicia and Swedbank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grupo Financiero Galicia N/A N/A N/A
Swedbank 39.61% 16.15% 0.85%

Dividends

Grupo Financiero Galicia pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Swedbank pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. Swedbank pays out 62.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Grupo Financiero Galicia has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

28.5% of Grupo Financiero Galicia shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of Swedbank shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

Grupo Financiero Galicia has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Swedbank has a beta of 0.81, indicating that its share price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Grupo Financiero Galicia and Swedbank’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grupo Financiero Galicia $4.19 billion 0.78 $503.09 million N/A N/A
Swedbank $6.13 billion 3.93 $2.27 billion $2.04 10.60

Swedbank has higher revenue and earnings than Grupo Financiero Galicia.

About Grupo Financiero Galicia

Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A., a financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services in Argentina. The company operates through Banking, Regional Credit Cards, Insurance, and Other Grupo Galicia Businesses segments. It offers corporate banking services to companies; credit and debit cards, loans, and financing advice to various agricultural-sector clients; foreign trade transaction services; and e-banking services. The company also provides checking and savings accounts, credit and debit cards, payroll direct deposits, and other services to individuals, businesses, retailers, and professionals; and financial investment alternatives, such as deposits, FIMA mutual funds, government and corporate securities, and shares and trusts. In addition, it offers time deposits; retirement insurance services; life insurance, including employee benefit plans and credit related insurance; property and casualty insurance products, such as home and ATM theft insurance; and insurance brokerage services, as well as issues, credit cards. Further, the company issues deposit certificates and warrants to the agricultural, industrial, and agro-industrial sectors, as well as exporters and retailers. As of December 31, 2017, it had 306 full service banking branches; and 1,982 ATMs and self-service terminals. Grupo Financiero Galicia S.A. was founded in 1905 and is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

About Swedbank

Swedbank AB (publ) provides various banking products and services to private, corporate, and organizational customers. The company operates through Swedish Banking, Baltic Banking, and Large Corporates & Institutions segments. It offers deposit and lending products; guarantees; non-life insurance products; brokerage and other securities; real estate brokerage; and asset management, financing, and life insurance and pension services. The company also offers investments and trading services, including currency, fixed income, and equity trading services, as well as structured products; advisory and investment banking products and services, such as corporate financing, debt capital market, and loans and syndication services; and transaction banking services, such as cash management, trade finance, securities, commercial payments, account, and clearing and settlement services. In addition, it provides private banking products and services, such as salary accounts, credit and debit cards, mortgage finance, and investment advice, as well as trades in derivatives; and telephone, Internet, and mobile banking services. The company has 218 branches in Sweden, 34 branches in Estonia, 36 in Latvia, and 63 in Lithuania. It also operates in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Luxembourg, China, the United States, and South Africa. The company was formerly known as ForeningsSparbanken AB and changed its name to Swedbank AB (publ) in September 2006. Swedbank AB (publ) was founded in 1820 and is headquartered in Sundbyberg, Sweden.

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