Head to Head Survey: Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach (FMBL) versus Washington Federal (WAFD)

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Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach (OTCMKTS:FMBL) and Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach pays an annual dividend of $92.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Washington Federal pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Washington Federal pays out 30.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Washington Federal has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Washington Federal is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

0.9% of Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 84.3% of Washington Federal shares are held by institutional investors. 12.2% of Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Washington Federal shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach and Washington Federal’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach 26.53% 26.63% 2.66%
Washington Federal 31.31% 10.22% 1.30%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach and Washington Federal’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach $267.86 million 4.03 $28.37 million N/A N/A
Washington Federal $651.16 million 3.55 $203.85 million $2.40 11.53

Washington Federal has higher revenue and earnings than Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach and Washington Federal, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach 0 0 0 0 N/A
Washington Federal 0 4 0 0 2.00

Washington Federal has a consensus price target of $36.00, indicating a potential upside of 30.10%. Given Washington Federal’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Washington Federal is more favorable than Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach.

Volatility & Risk

Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach has a beta of 0.21, indicating that its stock price is 79% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Washington Federal has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its stock price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Washington Federal beats Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Farmers And Merchants Bank of Long Beach

Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach provides various banking products and services to individuals, professionals, and small to medium-sized businesses in California. The company's products and services include demand and time deposits; commercial real estate, construction, and commercial business loans; and financing for residential loans comprising single-family and multifamily loans. Its personal banking products and services include checking, savings, Christmas club, health savings, money market, and CD accounts; retirement plans, online and mobile banking, and other services; and credit and loans, such as credit cards, home loans, and escrow services. The company's business banking products and services comprise banking services, business checking, money market accounts, retirement plans, business savings, CDs, online banking, mobile banking, merchant services, payroll services, deposit lockbox, remote deposit capture, and other services; and credit and loans, including business credit cards, small business loans, commercial loans, real estate and construction loans, and lines of credit. As of December 31, 2016, it operated 24 branches in Los Angeles County and Orange County. The company was founded in 1907 and is headquartered in Long Beach, California. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach is a subsidiary of Palomar Enterprises, LLC.

About Washington Federal

Washington Federal, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Washington Federal, National Association that provides lending, depository, insurance, and other banking services to consumers, mid-sized and large businesses, and owners and developers of commercial real estate in the United States. The company accepts deposit products, such as business and personal checking accounts, and term certificates of deposit, as well as money market accounts and passbook savings accounts. It also offers single-family residential, construction, land acquisition and development, multi-family residential, commercial and industrial, home equity, and business loans. In addition, the company is involved insurance brokerage activities. As of September 30, 2017, it had 237 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Washington Federal, Inc. was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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