Square 1 Financial (NASDAQ: SQBK) is one of 209 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Square 1 Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares Square 1 Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Square 1 Financial 25.41% 12.33% 1.10%
Square 1 Financial Competitors 20.63% 8.78% 0.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Square 1 Financial and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Square 1 Financial 0 0 1 0 3.00
Square 1 Financial Competitors 357 2836 2305 66 2.37

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 3.22%. Given Square 1 Financial’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Square 1 Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

46.2% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.8% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Square 1 Financial and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Square 1 Financial N/A N/A 22.50
Square 1 Financial Competitors $343.33 million $72.29 million 18.77

Square 1 Financial’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Square 1 Financial. Square 1 Financial is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Square 1 Financial Company Profile

Square 1 Financial, Inc. is a financial services company. The Company is a bank holding company for Square 1 Bank. Through Square 1 Bank, the Company offers a range of banking and financial products and services throughout the United States, focused on the entrepreneurial community and venture capital and private equity firms. Its primary focus is on venture-backed technology and life sciences companies located throughout the United States. It also focuses on venture firms. The Company is also involved in networking activities in the startup communities in several of its markets. It maintains a presence in these communities through participation in events sponsored by incubators or accelerators, which are informal associations engaged in a range of activities designed to promote and encourage the startup and development of new companies.

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