Banc of California (NYSE: BANC) is one of 308 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Banc of California to similar businesses based on the strength of its profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Dividends

Banc of California pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Banc of California pays out 49.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Banc of California has a beta of 0.97, suggesting that its stock price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banc of California’s competitors have a beta of 0.79, suggesting that their average stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Banc of California and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banc of California 0 1 3 0 2.75
Banc of California Competitors 2414 8728 8708 369 2.35

Banc of California currently has a consensus target price of $23.33, indicating a potential upside of 8.78%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.47%. Given Banc of California’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Banc of California is more favorable than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Banc of California and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banc of California 15.48% 11.78% 0.80%
Banc of California Competitors 18.63% 8.33% 0.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 16.9% of Banc of California shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Banc of California and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Banc of California $656.85 million $115.41 million 20.24
Banc of California Competitors $5.55 billion $833.70 million 390.66

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

Summary

Banc of California competitors beat Banc of California on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Banc of California Company Profile

Banc of California, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company is the parent of Banc of California, National Association (the Bank). The Company operates through Commercial Banking; Mortgage Banking, and Corporate/Other segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank had 90 California banking locations, including 39 full service branches in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. The Bank offers automated bill payment, cash and treasury management, master demand accounts, foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, trust services, card payment services, remote and mobile deposit capture, automatic clearing house (ACH) origination, wire transfer, direct deposit, and safe deposit boxes. Bank customers also have the ability to access their accounts through a nationwide network of automated teller machines (ATMs), online, telephone and mobile banking. The Bank’s lending activities are focused on providing financing to private businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners.

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