Fox Chase Bancorp (NASDAQ: FXCB) and County Bancorp (NASDAQ:ICBK) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitabiliy and earnings.

Dividends

County Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Fox Chase Bancorp does not pay a dividend. County Bancorp pays out 12.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Fox Chase Bancorp and County Bancorp, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fox Chase Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
County Bancorp 0 1 2 0 2.67

County Bancorp has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 33.87%. Given County Bancorp’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe County Bancorp is more favorable than Fox Chase Bancorp.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Fox Chase Bancorp and County Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fox Chase Bancorp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
County Bancorp $43.41 million 3.76 $10.66 million $1.61 15.31

County Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Fox Chase Bancorp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

24.8% of County Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 30.0% of County Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares Fox Chase Bancorp and County Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fox Chase Bancorp N/A N/A N/A
County Bancorp 19.97% 10.73% 1.11%

Volatility & Risk

Fox Chase Bancorp has a beta of 0.2, indicating that its stock price is 80% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, County Bancorp has a beta of 0.6, indicating that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

County Bancorp beats Fox Chase Bancorp on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Fox Chase Bancorp Company Profile

Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of Fox Chase Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s business activities consist of the ownership of common stock of the Bank and making over two loans to the Fox Chase Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the ESOP). The Bank operates as a community-oriented financial institution offering financial services to businesses and consumers in its market areas. The Bank’s loan portfolio consists of multi-family and commercial real estate loans, one- to four-family residential real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, construction loans and consumer loans. It offers fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage loans secured by multi-family and commercial real estate to individuals and small businesses. The Bank also maintains an investment portfolio. It maintains approximately two offices in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, over one office in each of Philadelphia and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania, and over three offices in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

County Bancorp Company Profile

County Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s primary activities consist of holding the stock of its subsidiary bank, Investors Community Bank (the Bank), and providing banking and related business activities through the Bank and its other subsidiaries. It operates in the community banking segment. The Bank is an independent community bank offering financial services focusing on the needs of agricultural businesses, with a primary focus on dairy-related lending with lending relationships in over 60 Wisconsin counties. It also serves business and retail customers throughout Wisconsin, but is focused on northeastern and central Wisconsin. Its customers are served from its service branches in Manitowoc and Stevens Point, and its loan production offices located in Darlington, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan. Its subsidiaries include Investors Insurance Services, LLC, County Bancorp Statutory Trust II, County Bancorp Statutory Trust III and County Acquisition LLC.

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