Park Sterling (NASDAQ: PSTB) is one of 307 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Park Sterling to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

82.6% of Park Sterling shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.3% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 7.3% of Park Sterling shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Park Sterling pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Park Sterling pays out 28.6% 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.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Park Sterling and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Park Sterling $140.91 million $19.94 million 22.98
Park Sterling Competitors $5.49 billion $825.32 million 365.65

Park Sterling’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Park Sterling. Park Sterling 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.

Risk & Volatility

Park Sterling has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Park Sterling’s competitors have a beta of 0.79, indicating that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Park Sterling and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Park Sterling 20.24% 9.08% 1.01%
Park Sterling Competitors 18.53% 8.33% 0.93%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Park Sterling and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Park Sterling 0 2 0 0 2.00
Park Sterling Competitors 2112 8277 8415 332 2.36

As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 8.69%. Given Park Sterling’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Park Sterling has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Park Sterling competitors beat Park Sterling on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Park Sterling Company Profile

Park Sterling Corporation is a holding company for Park Sterling Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a North Carolina-chartered commercial non-member bank. The Company provides banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, real estate owners, residential builders, institutions, professionals and consumers doing business or residing within its target markets. It provides a range of banking products, including personal, business and non-profit checking accounts, interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTA), individual retirement accounts, business and personal money market accounts, time deposits, overdraft protection, safe deposit boxes, and online and mobile banking. Its wealth management activities include investment management, private banking, personal trust and investment brokerage services. Its cash management activities include remote deposit capture, lockbox services, sweep accounts, purchasing cards, automated clearing house (ACH) and wire payments.

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