MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE: MSL) is one of 331 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare MidSouth Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

52.3% of MidSouth Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 19.8% of MidSouth Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

MidSouth Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.3%. MidSouth Bancorp pays out -21.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares MidSouth Bancorp and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
MidSouth Bancorp 0.94% 1.50% 0.15%
MidSouth Bancorp Competitors 18.84% 8.82% 0.94%

Risk & Volatility

MidSouth Bancorp has a beta of 1.08, meaning that its share price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MidSouth Bancorp’s competitors have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for MidSouth Bancorp and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
MidSouth Bancorp 1 1 3 0 2.40
MidSouth Bancorp Competitors 2099 8281 8378 324 2.36

MidSouth Bancorp currently has a consensus price target of $15.40, indicating a potential upside of 14.07%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 19.83%. Given MidSouth Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe MidSouth Bancorp is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares MidSouth Bancorp and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
MidSouth Bancorp $98.14 million $9.43 million -71.05
MidSouth Bancorp Competitors $5.45 billion $813.35 million 18.50

MidSouth Bancorp’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than MidSouth Bancorp. MidSouth Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Summary

MidSouth Bancorp competitors beat MidSouth Bancorp on 8 of the 14 factors compared.

MidSouth Bancorp Company Profile

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company operates primarily through its wholly owned bank subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A. The Company is operating principally in the community banking business by providing banking services to commercial and retail customers through the Bank. The Bank is community oriented and focuses primarily on offering commercial and consumer loan and deposit services to individuals and small to middle market businesses in Louisiana, and central and east Texas. Deposit products and services offered by the Bank include interest-bearing and noninterest-bearing checking accounts, investment accounts, cash management services and electronic banking services, including remote deposit capturing services, Internet banking, and debit and credit cards. Loans offered by the Bank include commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans (both owner-occupied and non-owner occupied), other loans secured by real estate and consumer loans.

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