Pulaski Financial (PULB) and Its Rivals Head to Head Contrast

Pulaski Financial (NASDAQ: PULB) is one of 200 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Pulaski Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings and dividends.

Risk and Volatility

Pulaski Financial has a beta of 0.68, suggesting that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Pulaski Financial’s peers have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Pulaski Financial and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Pulaski Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Pulaski Financial Competitors 389 2939 2358 68 2.37

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 2.89%. Given Pulaski Financial’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Pulaski Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Pulaski Financial 20.60% 10.31% 0.80%
Pulaski Financial Competitors 20.43% 8.68% 0.92%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Pulaski Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Pulaski Financial N/A N/A 13.82
Pulaski Financial Competitors $338.81 million $71.86 million 19.48

Pulaski Financial’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Pulaski Financial. Pulaski 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 & Insider Ownership

46.9% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Pulaski Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.38 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Pulaski Financial pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Pulaski Financial is clearly a better dividend stock than its peers, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

Pulaski Financial peers beat Pulaski Financial on 6 of the 10 factors compared.

Pulaski Financial Company Profile

Pulaski Financial Corp. is the holding company for Pulaski Bank, N.A. (the Bank). The Company’s primary assets are its investment in the Bank and cash. It also maintains two subsidiaries that issued trust preferred securities. The Bank provides various financial products and services for businesses and retail customers through its over 10 full-service offices in the St. Louis metropolitan area and residential mortgage loan production offices in the St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Omaha-Council-Bluffs metropolitan areas, mid-Missouri, southwestern Missouri, eastern Kansas, and Lincoln, Nebraska. The Bank is engaged in attracting deposits from individuals and businesses and using these deposits, together with borrowed funds, to originate and retain commercial real estate and commercial and industrial loans within its St. Louis lending market and one- to four-family residential mortgage loans principally within its St. Louis, Kansas City and Omaha-Council Bluffs lending markets.

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