Fulton Financial (NASDAQ: FULT) and Washington Banking (NASDAQ:WBCO) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, profitability, valuation and risk.

Dividends

Fulton Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Washington Banking does not pay a dividend. Fulton Financial pays out 42.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

62.7% of Fulton Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 0.7% of Fulton Financial shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Fulton Financial and Washington Banking’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Fulton Financial $793.28 million 4.03 $161.62 million $1.03 17.72
Washington Banking N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Fulton Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Washington Banking.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for Fulton Financial and Washington Banking, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Fulton Financial 1 5 0 0 1.83
Washington Banking 0 0 0 0 N/A

Fulton Financial currently has a consensus target price of $18.25, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%.

Profitability

This table compares Fulton Financial and Washington Banking’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Fulton Financial 21.15% 8.28% 0.92%
Washington Banking N/A N/A N/A

Summary

Fulton Financial beats Washington Banking on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Fulton Financial

Fulton Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company is the bank holding company of Fulton Bank N.A. (the Bank). As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s six subsidiary banks were located primarily in suburban or semi-rural geographic markets throughout a five-state region (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia). Each of the Company’s subsidiary banks offers a range of consumer and commercial banking products and services in its local market area. Personal banking services include various checking account and savings deposit products, certificates of deposit and individual retirement accounts. The subsidiary banks offer a range of consumer lending products to creditworthy customers in their market areas. Commercial banking services are provided to small and medium sized businesses. It also offers investment management, trust, brokerage, insurance and investment advisory services to consumer and commercial banking customers in its market areas.

About Washington Banking

Washington Banking Company is a bank holding company. The Company’s primary business is conducted by its wholly owned subsidiary, Whidbey Island Bank (the Bank). The business of the Bank, which is focused in the northern area of Western Washington, consists primarily of attracting deposits from the general public and originating loans. Whidbey Island Bank conducts a full-service, community, commercial banking business. The Bank also offers nondeposit managed investment products and services, which are not Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insured. These programs are provided through the investment advisory companies Elliott Cove Capital Management LLC and DFC Services & DFC Insurance Services. Another nondeposit product offered through the Bank, which is not FDIC insured, is a sweep investment option available through a brokerage account.

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