Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ: CASH) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Meta Financial Group to similar businesses based off the strength of its profitability, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Meta Financial Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Meta Financial Group 0 1 1 0 2.50
Meta Financial Group Competitors 157 554 512 23 2.32

Meta Financial Group presently has a consensus target price of $108.00, suggesting a potential upside of 61.92%. All “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 27.87%. Given Meta Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Meta Financial Group is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk & Volatility

Meta Financial Group has a beta of 0.88, suggesting that its stock price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meta Financial Group’s competitors have a beta of 0.82, suggesting that their average stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Meta Financial Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Meta Financial Group $238.92 million N/A 12.58
Meta Financial Group Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 11.42

Meta Financial Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Meta Financial Group. Meta Financial Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Meta Financial Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Meta Financial Group 18.74% 16.60% 1.58%
Meta Financial Group Competitors 14.79% -27.41% 0.87%

Dividends

Meta Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Meta Financial Group pays out 9.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

74.2% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Meta Financial Group beats its competitors on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Meta Financial Group

Meta Financial Group, Inc. is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Payments, Banking, and Corporate Services/Other. MetaBank is both a community-oriented financial institution offering a range of financial services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and a payments company providing services on a nationwide basis. It operates in both the banking and payments industries through MetaBank, its retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems (MPS), its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. (AFS/IBEX), its insurance premium financing division, and Refund Advantage, EPS Financial, LLC (EPS) Financial and Specialty Consumer Services, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.

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