Merchants Bancshares,Inc. (NASDAQ: MBVT) is one of 205 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Merchants Bancshares,Inc. to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

38.6% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 8.8% of Merchants Bancshares,Inc. shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. N/A N/A 23.16
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors N/A N/A 21.12

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors 354 2830 2303 66 2.37

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.17%. Given Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares Merchants Bancshares,Inc. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. 20.64% 9.19% 0.71%
Merchants Bancshares,Inc. Competitors 20.60% 8.79% 0.93%

Dividends

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Merchants Bancshares,Inc. pays out 52.1% 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 33.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. has a beta of 0.89, meaning that its stock price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Merchants Bancshares,Inc.’s rivals have a beta of 0.75, meaning that their average stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Merchants Bancshares,Inc. rivals beat Merchants Bancshares,Inc. on 5 of the 9 factors compared.

About Merchants Bancshares,Inc.

Merchants Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s subsidiary, Merchants Bank (the Bank), is a commercial bank. The Bank offers a range of deposit, loan, cash management and trust services to meet the financial needs of individual consumers, businesses and municipalities. Merchants Bank’s trust division offers investment management, financial planning and trustee services. The Bank offers commercial, financial and agricultural loans, municipal loans, residential real estate loans, commercial real estate loans, construction real estate loans and consumer installment loans for various personal needs, including vehicle and boat financing. The Bank’s deposits include demand; savings and interest bearing checking and money market accounts, and time deposits.

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