BancorpSouth (NYSE: BXS) is one of 286 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare BancorpSouth to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends, earnings and institutional ownership.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

69.8% of BancorpSouth shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.8% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.6% of BancorpSouth shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BancorpSouth and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
BancorpSouth $762.21 million $132.72 million 18.94
BancorpSouth Competitors $5.94 billion $872.32 million 394.98

BancorpSouth’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than BancorpSouth. BancorpSouth 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.

Dividends

BancorpSouth pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. BancorpSouth pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 37.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BancorpSouth has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for BancorpSouth and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BancorpSouth 0 8 1 0 2.11
BancorpSouth Competitors 2052 8067 8199 320 2.36

BancorpSouth currently has a consensus price target of $32.83, suggesting a potential upside of 5.07%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 0.90%. Given BancorpSouth’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe BancorpSouth is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BancorpSouth 19.59% 8.97% 1.03%
BancorpSouth Competitors 18.77% 8.77% 0.94%

Volatility and Risk

BancorpSouth has a beta of 1.41, meaning that its share price is 41% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BancorpSouth’s rivals have a beta of 0.80, meaning that their average share price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

BancorpSouth rivals beat BancorpSouth on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

BancorpSouth Company Profile

BancorpSouth, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, BancorpSouth Bank (the Bank), conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other. Its Community Banking segment provides a range of deposit products, commercial loans and consumer loans. Its Insurance Agencies segment serves as agents in the sale of commercial lines of insurance and full lines of property and casualty, life, health and employee benefits products and services. Its General Corporate and Other segment includes mortgage banking, trust services, credit card activities, investment services and other activities not allocated to the Community Banking or Insurance Agencies segments.

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