Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ: LBAI) is one of 206 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Lakeland Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and valuation.

Dividends

Lakeland Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Lakeland Bancorp pays out 38.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Lakeland Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lakeland Bancorp 23.94% 9.21% 0.97%
Lakeland Bancorp Competitors 19.70% 8.37% 0.88%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.6% of Lakeland Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.4% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Lakeland Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.9% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Lakeland Bancorp and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Lakeland Bancorp $177.18 million N/A 17.67
Lakeland Bancorp Competitors N/A N/A 23.97

Lakeland Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk & Volatility

Lakeland Bancorp has a beta of 0.8, indicating that its share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Lakeland Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.73, indicating that their average share price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Lakeland Bancorp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lakeland Bancorp 0 3 0 0 2.00
Lakeland Bancorp Competitors 838 3926 2840 114 2.29

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 6.19%. Given Lakeland Bancorp’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Lakeland Bancorp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

About Lakeland Bancorp

Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. is the bank holding company for Lakeland Bank (Lakeland). Lakeland operates under a state bank charter and provides full banking services. Lakeland generates commercial, mortgage and consumer loans and receives deposits from customers located in Northern and Central New Jersey. Lakeland also provides non-deposit products, such as securities brokerage services, including mutual funds and variable annuities. Through Lakeland, the Company offers a range of lending, depository and related financial services to individuals and small to medium sized businesses located in northern and central New Jersey. Lakeland’s equipment financing division provides a solution to small and medium sized companies preferring to lease equipment over other financial alternatives. Lakeland’s asset based loan department provides commercial borrowers with another lending alternative. It also offers wire transfer, Internet banking, mobile banking and night depository services.

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