Head to Head Survey: The Bancorp (TBBK) and Bank of Commerce (BOCH)

The Bancorp (NASDAQ: TBBK) and Bank of Commerce (NASDAQ:BOCH) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, profitability and earnings.

Risk and Volatility

The Bancorp has a beta of 1.23, suggesting that its share price is 23% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bank of Commerce has a beta of 0.43, suggesting that its share price is 57% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bank of Commerce pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. The Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Bank of Commerce pays out 17.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares The Bancorp and Bank of Commerce’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
The Bancorp $144.70 million 3.89 -$96.49 million $0.09 111.89
Bank of Commerce $44.60 million 4.07 $5.25 million $0.67 16.64

Bank of Commerce has lower revenue, but higher earnings than The Bancorp. Bank of Commerce is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than The Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares The Bancorp and Bank of Commerce’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The Bancorp 2.74% -1.67% -0.12%
Bank of Commerce 19.58% 8.66% 0.82%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for The Bancorp and Bank of Commerce, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The Bancorp 0 1 2 0 2.67
Bank of Commerce 0 1 0 0 2.00

The Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $8.50, suggesting a potential downside of 15.59%. Bank of Commerce has a consensus price target of $12.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.62%. Given Bank of Commerce’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Bank of Commerce is more favorable than The Bancorp.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.8% of The Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of Bank of Commerce shares are owned by institutional investors. 12.4% of The Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Bank of Commerce shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About The Bancorp

The Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and its primary subsidiary is The Bancorp Bank (the Bank). The Company has four primary lines of specialty lending: securities backed lines of credit (SBLOC), automobile fleet and other equipment leasing, Small Business Administration (SBA), loans and loans generated for sale into capital markets primarily through both commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). SBLOCs are loans, which are generated through institutional banking affinity groups and are collateralized by marketable securities. SBLOCs are offered in conjunction with brokerage accounts. Automobile fleet and other equipment leases are generated in a range of Atlantic Coast and other states. SBA loans and loans generated for sale into CMBS and securitization capital markets are made nationally. Its prepaid card, private label banking for investment advisory companies and card payment processing are its primary sources of deposits.

About Bank of Commerce

Bank of Commerce Holdings (Holding Company) is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal business is to serve as a holding company for Redding Bank of Commerce (Bank), which operates under two separate names (Redding Bank of Commerce and Sacramento Bank of Commerce). The Bank operates over four full service facilities in two diverse markets in Northern California. The Bank provides a range of financial services and products for business and retail customers. Its principal products include various types of accounts, such as checking, interest-bearing checking, savings, certificate of deposit and money market deposit. It also offers sweep arrangements, commercial loans, construction loans, term loans, safe deposit boxes and electronic banking services. The primary focus of the Bank is to provide banking and related services to small and mid-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations, as well as banking services for consumers, primarily business owners and their employees.

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