Mizuho Financial Group (NYSE: MFG) and Banco Santander Brasil SA (NYSE:BSBR) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, profitabiliy, earnings and valuation.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Mizuho Financial Group and Banco Santander Brasil SA’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Mizuho Financial Group $23.83 billion 1.94 $5.71 billion $0.45 8.11
Banco Santander Brasil SA $10.47 billion 2.63 N/A N/A N/A

Mizuho Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Banco Santander Brasil SA.

Profitability

This table compares Mizuho Financial Group and Banco Santander Brasil SA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Mizuho Financial Group 18.58% 6.15% 0.28%
Banco Santander Brasil SA N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Mizuho Financial Group and Banco Santander Brasil SA, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Mizuho Financial Group 1 2 0 0 1.67
Banco Santander Brasil SA 1 8 1 0 2.00

Banco Santander Brasil SA has a consensus price target of $13.15, indicating a potential upside of 79.40%. Given Banco Santander Brasil SA’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Banco Santander Brasil SA is more favorable than Mizuho Financial Group.

Dividends

Mizuho Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Banco Santander Brasil SA does not pay a dividend. Mizuho Financial Group pays out 13.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.3% of Mizuho Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About Mizuho Financial Group

Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (MHFG) is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, provides domestic and international financial services in Japan and other countries. The Company’s segments include MHBK, MHTB, MHSC and Others. The MHBK segment includes Personal Banking; Retail Banking; Corporate Banking (Large Corporations); Corporate Banking; Financial Institutions & Public Sector Business; International Banking, and Trading and others. The MHTB segment provides products and services related to trust, real estate, securitization and structured finance, pension and asset management, and stock transfers. The MHSC segment provides securities services to corporations, financial institutions, public sector entities and individuals. Its Others segment consists of MHFG, its subsidiaries other than Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (MHBK), Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. (MHTB), and Mizuho Securities Co., Ltd. (MHSC), and its equity-method affiliates.

About Banco Santander Brasil SA

Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (the Bank) is indirectly controlled by Banco Santander, S.A., and is an institution of the Financial and Prudential Group. The Bank operates through two segments, Commercial Banking and Global Wholesale Banking. The Company conducts its operations by means of portfolios such as commercial, investment, lending and financing, mortgage lending, leasing, credit card operations and foreign exchange. The Bank also operates in the payment institution, leasing, buying club management and securities, insurance brokerage operations, capitalization and pension plan. Through Global Wholesale Banking segment, the Bank offers financial services and structured solutions to its customers, in parallel with its trading activities. It also offers foreign exchange products, over the counter derivatives and investments to all of its clients, including institutional investors, corporate clients and individuals.

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