Stock Yards Bancorp (NASDAQ: SYBT) and Fox Chase Bancorp (NASDAQ:FXCB) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, dividends, valuation, risk and institutional ownership.


This table compares Stock Yards Bancorp and Fox Chase Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Stock Yards Bancorp 28.57% 13.51% 1.42%
Fox Chase Bancorp 24.42% 5.09% 0.80%


Stock Yards Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Fox Chase Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Stock Yards Bancorp pays out 42.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Fox Chase Bancorp pays out 65.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Stock Yards Bancorp and Fox Chase Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Stock Yards Bancorp $145.71 million 6.01 $41.02 million $1.90 20.32
Fox Chase Bancorp N/A N/A N/A $0.85 23.93

Stock Yards Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Fox Chase Bancorp. Stock Yards Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Fox Chase Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

47.7% of Stock Yards Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 6.2% of Stock Yards Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Stock Yards Bancorp and Fox Chase Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Stock Yards Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Fox Chase Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Stock Yards Bancorp presently has a consensus target price of $38.00, suggesting a potential downside of 1.55%. Given Stock Yards Bancorp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Stock Yards Bancorp is more favorable than Fox Chase Bancorp.


Stock Yards Bancorp beats Fox Chase Bancorp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Stock Yards Bancorp

Stock Yards Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company for Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company (the Bank). The Bank is a state chartered bank. The Company operates through two segments: commercial banking, and wealth management and trust. The commercial banking segment provides a full range of loan and deposit products to individual consumers and businesses, plus origination of consumer mortgages and securities brokerage activity. The wealth management and trust segment provides investment management, trust and estate administration, and retirement plan services. The Bank provides commercial and personal banking services in the Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan markets through 37 full service banking offices, as of December 31, 2016. The Bank also originates and sells single-family residential mortgages. Additionally, the Bank offers securities brokerage services via its branch network through an arrangement with a third party broker-dealer.

About Fox Chase Bancorp

Fox Chase Bancorp, Inc. is the holding company of Fox Chase Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s business activities consist of the ownership of common stock of the Bank and making over two loans to the Fox Chase Bank Employee Stock Ownership Plan (the ESOP). The Bank operates as a community-oriented financial institution offering financial services to businesses and consumers in its market areas. The Bank’s loan portfolio consists of multi-family and commercial real estate loans, one- to four-family residential real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, construction loans and consumer loans. It offers fixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgage loans secured by multi-family and commercial real estate to individuals and small businesses. The Bank also maintains an investment portfolio. It maintains approximately two offices in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, over one office in each of Philadelphia and Chester Counties, Pennsylvania, and over three offices in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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