Ocwen Financial (NYSE: OCN) and Bank Of Kentucky Financial (NASDAQ:BKYF) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

45.9% of Ocwen Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 2.4% of Ocwen Financial shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for Ocwen Financial and Bank Of Kentucky Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Ocwen Financial 0 4 0 0 2.00
Bank Of Kentucky Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Ocwen Financial presently has a consensus target price of $3.33, suggesting a potential upside of 10.01%. Given Ocwen Financial’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Ocwen Financial is more favorable than Bank Of Kentucky Financial.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Ocwen Financial and Bank Of Kentucky Financial’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Ocwen Financial $1.39 billion 0.29 -$199.76 million ($0.75) -4.04
Bank Of Kentucky Financial N/A N/A N/A $2.30 22.17

Bank Of Kentucky Financial has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Ocwen Financial. Ocwen Financial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Bank Of Kentucky Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

Ocwen Financial has a beta of 1.54, meaning that its share price is 54% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bank Of Kentucky Financial has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Ocwen Financial and Bank Of Kentucky Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Ocwen Financial -7.56% -19.14% -1.49%
Bank Of Kentucky Financial 21.85% 8.12% 0.86%

About Ocwen Financial

Ocwen Financial Corporation is a financial services holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, originates and services loans. The Company’s segments include Servicing, Lending, and Corporate Items and Other. The Company’s Servicing segment consists of its residential servicing business. The Company’s Lending segment is focused on originating and purchasing conventional and government-insured residential forward and reverse mortgage loans. The Company’s Corporate Items and Other segment includes revenues and expenses of Automotive Capital Services (ACS) and its other business activities. Its servicing clients include some of the financial institutions in the United States, including the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and non-Agency residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) trusts.

About Bank Of Kentucky Financial

The Bank of Kentucky Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary The Bank of Kentucky, Inc. (the Bank), is engaged in the banking business. The Bank provides financial services and other financial solutions through 32 offices located in northern Kentucky. The principal products produced and services rendered by the Bank include commercial banking, consumer banking and trust services. The Bank provides a range of commercial banking services to corporations and other business clients that include loans and deposit services, including checking, lockbox services and other treasury management services. The Bank provides banking services to consumers, including checking, savings and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposits and individual retirement accounts. It also offers specialized services in the areas of fiduciary services and wealth management.

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