Critical Analysis: Home BancShares (HOMB) & Nysemkt (CRFN)

Home BancShares (NASDAQ: HOMB) and Nysemkt (NASDAQ:CRFN) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, valuation, earnings, risk and analyst recommendations.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

51.2% of Home BancShares shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Home BancShares shares are held by 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 Home BancShares and Nysemkt, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Home BancShares 0 5 2 0 2.29
Nysemkt 0 0 0 0 N/A

Home BancShares currently has a consensus price target of $27.75, suggesting a potential upside of 28.53%.

Dividends

Home BancShares pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Nysemkt does not pay a dividend. Home BancShares pays out 38.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Home BancShares and Nysemkt’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Home BancShares $523.59 million 7.16 $177.14 million $1.13 19.11
Nysemkt N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Home BancShares has higher revenue and earnings than Nysemkt.

Profitability

This table compares Home BancShares and Nysemkt’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Home BancShares 28.19% 12.00% 1.70%
Nysemkt N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Home BancShares beats Nysemkt on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Home BancShares

Home BancShares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company is engaged in providing a range of commercial and retail banking, and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals and municipalities through its community bank subsidiary, Centennial Bank (the Bank). It operates through community banking segment. It offers a range of products and services, including Internet banking, mobile banking and voice response information, cash management, overdraft protection, direct deposit, safe deposit boxes, the United States savings bonds and automatic account transfers. The Bank has locations in Arkansas, Florida, South Alabama and New York City. As of September 26, 2017, the Company conducted business principally through 76 branches in Arkansas, 89 branches in Florida, six branches in Alabama and one branch in New York City. It originates loans secured by single and multi-family real estate, residential construction and commercial buildings.

About Nysemkt

Crescent Financial Corporation is a bank holding company for Crescent State Bank (the Bank). The Bank operates for the primary purpose of serving the banking needs of individuals, and small- to medium-sized businesses in its market area. The Bank offers a range of banking services including checking and savings accounts, commercial, consumer and personal loans, on-line banking, mortgage services and other associated financial services. The Bank operates 15 full service branch offices in Cary, Apex, Clayton, Holly Springs, Pinehurst, Raleigh, Southern Pines, Sanford, Garner, Wilmington and Knightdale, North Carolina.

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