Malvern Bancorp (NASDAQ: MLVF) and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) (NASDAQ:ABCW) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings and institutional ownership.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Malvern Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE), as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Malvern Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) 0 0 0 0 N/A

Malvern Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $24.00, indicating a potential downside of 11.60%. Given Malvern Bancorp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Malvern Bancorp is more favorable than Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE).

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Malvern Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE)’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Malvern Bancorp $36.12 million 4.94 $5.82 million $1.02 26.62
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) N/A N/A N/A $14.64 3.27

Malvern Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE). Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Malvern Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Malvern Bancorp and Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE)’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Malvern Bancorp 18.31% 6.77% 0.70%
Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

66.2% of Malvern Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of Malvern Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Malvern Bancorp beats Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc (DE) on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Malvern Bancorp

Malvern Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Malvern Federal Savings Bank that provides various banking products and services to consumer and business customers in Pennsylvania. The company offers checking accounts, retirement accounts, money market accounts, time and savings accounts, interest and non-interest bearing accounts, NOW accounts, and CDARS/ICS reciprocal deposits; and debit and credit card, wire transfer, automated teller, Internet banking, ACH origination, safe deposit box, telephone banking, and mobile banking services. It also provides residential mortgage loans, such as one class and one-to four-family first lien residential mortgage loans; residential and commercial construction loans, and land loans; commercial loans, including commercial real estate loans, multi-family real estate loans, industrial loans, and commercial business loans; and consumer loans, such as home equity lines of credit, second mortgage loans, and unsecured consumer lines of credit. In addition, the company offers liquidity management, investment, custody, wealth planning, trust and fiduciary, insurance, and 401k services to high net worth individuals and families. Further, it provides remote deposit capture banking for business customers; and mobile remote deposit capture banking for retail and business customers. The company operates eight financial center offices in Chester and Delaware Counties, Pennsylvania, as well as a private banking loan production office in Morristown, New Jersey. Malvern Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

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