Bridge Bancorp (NASDAQ: BDGE) is one of 308 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Bridge Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and valuation.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

56.8% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.3% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.3% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Bridge Bancorp has a beta of 0.7, indicating that its share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bridge Bancorp’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, indicating that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Bridge Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Bridge Bancorp pays out 48.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Bridge Bancorp and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridge Bancorp 0 2 0 0 2.00
Bridge Bancorp Competitors 2112 8277 8412 332 2.36

Bridge Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $38.50, suggesting a potential upside of 8.45%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 8.30%. Given Bridge Bancorp’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Bridge Bancorp is more favorable than its rivals.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridge Bancorp $153.76 million $35.49 million 18.88
Bridge Bancorp Competitors $5.49 billion $825.32 million 363.96

Bridge Bancorp’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Bridge Bancorp. Bridge Bancorp 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridge Bancorp 22.62% 8.52% 0.88%
Bridge Bancorp Competitors 18.50% 8.37% 0.94%

Summary

Bridge Bancorp rivals beat Bridge Bancorp on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Bridge Bancorp Company Profile

Bridge Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for The Bridgehampton National Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s operations include its real estate investment trust subsidiary, Bridgehampton Community, Inc. (BCI), a financial title insurance subsidiary, Bridge Abstract LLC (Bridge Abstract), and an investment services subsidiary, Bridge Financial Services LLC (Bridge Financial Services). As of December 31, 2016, the Bank operated 40 branches in its primary market areas of Suffolk and Nassau Counties on Long Island and the New York City boroughs, including 38 in Suffolk and Nassau Counties, one in Bayside, Queens and one in Manhattan. The Bank engages in full service commercial and consumer banking business, including accepting time, savings and demand deposits from the consumers, businesses and local municipalities in its market area. The Bank also offers the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service (CDARS) and Insured Cash Sweep (ICS) programs.

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