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

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hancock Holding and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Hancock Holding $953.35 million N/A 20.16
Hancock Holding Competitors N/A N/A 22.09

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Hancock Holding and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hancock Holding 0 4 4 1 2.67
Hancock Holding Competitors 362 2848 2322 67 2.37

Hancock Holding currently has a consensus target price of $51.41, suggesting a potential upside of 2.40%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 1.47%. Given Hancock Holding’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Hancock Holding is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Hancock Holding and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hancock Holding 19.08% 8.27% 0.90%
Hancock Holding Competitors 20.38% 8.67% 0.92%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

76.9% of Hancock Holding shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.6% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Hancock Holding 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 large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Hancock Holding has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hancock Holding’s rivals have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Hancock Holding pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Hancock Holding pays out 38.6% 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 34.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Hancock Holding beats its rivals on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

Hancock Holding Company Profile

Hancock Holding Company is a financial services company that provides a network of service financial choices to the Gulf South region, through its bank subsidiary, Whitney Bank (the Bank), a Mississippi state bank. The Company operates through overall banking operations segment. The Bank operates under brands, such as Hancock Bank in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and Whitney Bank in Louisiana and Texas. The Bank operates across the Gulf South region, which consists of southern Mississippi; southern and central Alabama; southern Louisiana; the northern, central, and panhandle regions of Florida; Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee. The Bank offers a range of traditional and online community banking services to commercial, small business and retail customers, providing a range of transaction and savings deposit products, treasury management services and investment brokerage services, among others.

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