Washington Trust Bancorp (NASDAQ: WASH) and Mountain Comm Banc (NASDAQ:MCBI) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, earnings, valuation, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Washington Trust Bancorp and Mountain Comm Banc’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Washington Trust Bancorp $174.06 million 5.00 $49.22 million $2.86 17.67
Mountain Comm Banc N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Washington Trust Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Mountain Comm Banc.

Profitability

This table compares Washington Trust Bancorp and Mountain Comm Banc’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Washington Trust Bancorp 23.86% 12.43% 1.14%
Mountain Comm Banc N/A N/A N/A

Dividends

Washington Trust Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $1.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Mountain Comm Banc does not pay a dividend. Washington Trust Bancorp pays out 53.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

58.8% of Washington Trust Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of Washington Trust Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Washington Trust Bancorp and Mountain Comm Banc, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Washington Trust Bancorp 0 1 1 0 2.50
Mountain Comm Banc 0 0 0 0 N/A

Washington Trust Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $50.50, suggesting a potential downside of 0.10%. Given Washington Trust Bancorp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Washington Trust Bancorp is more favorable than Mountain Comm Banc.

Summary

Washington Trust Bancorp beats Mountain Comm Banc on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Washington Trust Bancorp Company Profile

Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company and financial holding company. The Company is a holding company of The Washington Trust Company, of Westerly (the Bank), a Rhode Island chartered commercial bank. The Company operates through two business segments: Commercial Banking and Wealth Management Services. The Company offers a range of product lines of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses, including commercial, residential and consumer lending, retail and commercial deposit products, and wealth management services through its offices in Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and Connecticut; its automated teller machines (ATMs); telephone banking; mobile banking and its Internet Website (www.washtrust.com). Its investment securities portfolio amounted to $755.5 million, as of December 31, 2016. The Company’s total loan portfolio amounted to $3.2 billion, as of December 31, 2016.

Mountain Comm Banc Company Profile

MetroCorp Bancshares, Inc. is a holding company for MetroBank, National Association (MetroBank). The Company operates branches in niche markets through its subsidiary banks, MetroBank and Metro United Bank, by providing personalized service to the communities in Houston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. The primary lending focus of the Company is to small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries. The types of deposits vary from noninterest-bearing demand deposit transaction accounts to interest-bearing negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) and money market transaction accounts, savings accounts, and various termed time deposits such as certificates of deposit (CD’s) and individual retirement accounts (IRA’s). The primary lending focus of the Company is to small and medium-sized businesses in a variety of industries. In January 2014, East West Bancorp Inc completed the acquisition of MetroCorp Bancshares Inc.

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