Bank of Nova Scotia (The) (NYSE: BNS) and The Bancorp (NASDAQ:TBBK) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, valuation and institutional ownership.

Dividends

Bank of Nova Scotia (The) pays an annual dividend of $2.25 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. The Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Bank of Nova Scotia (The) pays out 46.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Bank of Nova Scotia (The) and The Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bank of Nova Scotia (The) 0 1 9 0 2.90
The Bancorp 0 1 2 0 2.67

Bank of Nova Scotia (The) currently has a consensus price target of $86.75, suggesting a potential upside of 37.33%. The Bancorp has a consensus price target of $7.25, suggesting a potential downside of 7.88%. Given Bank of Nova Scotia (The)’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Bank of Nova Scotia (The) is more favorable than The Bancorp.

Volatility & Risk

Bank of Nova Scotia (The) has a beta of 1.27, indicating that its stock price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The Bancorp has a beta of 1.09, indicating that its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

45.3% of Bank of Nova Scotia (The) shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 74.9% of The Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of The 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.

Profitability

This table compares Bank of Nova Scotia (The) and The Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bank of Nova Scotia (The) 22.26% 14.54% 0.89%
The Bancorp -16.27% -4.27% -0.31%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bank of Nova Scotia (The) and The Bancorp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bank of Nova Scotia (The) $19.84 billion 3.83 $5.84 billion $4.86 13.00
The Bancorp $153.61 million 2.86 -$32.34 million ($0.58) -13.57

Bank of Nova Scotia (The) has higher revenue and earnings than The Bancorp. The Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bank of Nova Scotia (The), indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Bank of Nova Scotia (The) beats The Bancorp on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bank of Nova Scotia (The)

The Bank of Nova Scotia is an international bank and a financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. The Bank offers a range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. Its segments include Canadian Banking, which provides a suite of financial advice and banking solutions to retail, small business, commercial and wealth management customers in Canada; International Banking, which provides a range of financial products, solutions and advice to retail and commercial customers in select regions outside of Canada; Global Banking and Markets, which provides corporate banking, investment banking, capital markets and transaction banking solutions, and Other, which represents smaller operating segments, including Group Treasury.

About The Bancorp

The Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company and its primary subsidiary is The Bancorp Bank (the Bank). The Company has four primary lines of specialty lending: securities backed lines of credit (SBLOC), automobile fleet and other equipment leasing, Small Business Administration (SBA), loans and loans generated for sale into capital markets primarily through both commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS) and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). SBLOCs are loans, which are generated through institutional banking affinity groups and are collateralized by marketable securities. SBLOCs are offered in conjunction with brokerage accounts. Automobile fleet and other equipment leases are generated in a range of Atlantic Coast and other states. SBA loans and loans generated for sale into CMBS and securitization capital markets are made nationally. Its prepaid card, private label banking for investment advisory companies and card payment processing are its primary sources of deposits.

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