Astoria Financial (NYSE: AF) is one of 287 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Astoria Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Astoria Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Astoria Financial 19.90% 3.91% 0.51%
Astoria Financial Competitors 18.37% 8.29% 0.93%

Dividends

Astoria Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Astoria Financial pays out 28.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Astoria Financial has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Astoria Financial’s peers have a beta of 0.81, suggesting that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Astoria Financial and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Astoria Financial N/A N/A 37.72
Astoria Financial Competitors $5.81 billion $874.97 million 87.63

Astoria Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Astoria Financial. Astoria Financial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.6% of Astoria Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 9.8% of Astoria Financial shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% 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 stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Astoria Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Astoria Financial 1 2 1 0 2.00
Astoria Financial Competitors 2140 8475 8498 329 2.36

Astoria Financial currently has a consensus price target of $20.25, indicating a potential downside of 5.81%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.77%. Given Astoria Financial’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Astoria Financial is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Astoria Financial peers beat Astoria Financial on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Astoria Financial Company Profile

Astoria Financial Corporation is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company’s principal business is the operation of its subsidiary, Astoria Bank. Astoria Bank’s primary business is attracting retail deposits from the general public and businesses and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations, principal repayments on loans and securities and borrowings, primarily in multi-family and commercial real estate mortgage loans, one- to four-family, or residential, mortgage loans and mortgage-backed securities. Astoria Bank also invests in consumer and other loans, the United States Government, government agency and government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) securities, and other investments permitted by federal banking laws and regulations. Its loan portfolio consists primarily of mortgage loans, and consumer and other loans. The Company’s investment activities include securities available-for-sale and securities held-to-maturity.

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