Enterprise Financial Services Corporation (NASDAQ: EFSC) is one of 207 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Enterprise Financial Services Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Enterprise Financial Services Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation 0 1 1 0 2.50
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation Competitors 386 2946 2401 70 2.37

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $47.50, suggesting a potential upside of 9.95%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 0.84%. Given Enterprise Financial Services Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Enterprise Financial Services Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Enterprise Financial Services Corporation pays out 19.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Enterprise Financial Services Corporation and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation $176.17 million N/A 18.62
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation Competitors N/A N/A 25.34

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation 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.

Profitability

This table compares Enterprise Financial Services Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation 24.54% 11.18% 1.14%
Enterprise Financial Services Corporation Competitors 19.81% 8.39% 0.89%

Risk & Volatility

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation has a beta of 0.86, suggesting that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Enterprise Financial Services Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

72.9% of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Enterprise Financial Services Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial 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

Enterprise Financial Services Corporation beats its peers on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Enterprise Financial Services Corporation

Enterprise Financial Services Corp is a financial holding company for a full service banking subsidiary, Enterprise Bank & Trust (the Bank). The Bank offers banking and wealth management services to individuals and business customers primarily located in the St. Louis, Kansas City and Phoenix metropolitan markets. The Company offers a range of business and personal banking services, and wealth management services. Its tax credit brokerage activities consist of the acquisition of Federal and State tax credits and the sale of these tax credits to clients. Enterprise Trust, a division of the Bank (Enterprise Trust or Trust), provides financial planning, estate planning, investment management, and trust services to businesses, individuals, institutions, retirement plans and non-profit organizations. It also offers a range of Treasury Management products and services that benefit businesses ranging from large national clients to smallest local merchants.

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