Cathay General Bancorp (CATY) & America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. (ATAX) Head-To-Head Survey

Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATY) and America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. (NASDAQ:ATAX) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, valuation, risk, profitabiliy and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Cathay General Bancorp and America First Multifamily Investors, L.P.’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Cathay General Bancorp $467.81 million 6.36 $178.03 million $2.23 16.71
America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. N/A N/A N/A $0.41 14.63

Cathay General Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than America First Multifamily Investors, L.P.. America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Cathay General Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Cathay General Bancorp and America First Multifamily Investors, L.P., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cathay General Bancorp 0 2 1 0 2.33
America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. 0 0 1 0 3.00

Cathay General Bancorp currently has a consensus price target of $39.33, indicating a potential upside of 5.56%. America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. has a consensus price target of $6.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.00%. Given Cathay General Bancorp’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Cathay General Bancorp is more favorable than America First Multifamily Investors, L.P..

Volatility and Risk

Cathay General Bancorp has a beta of 1.28, meaning that its stock price is 28% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. has a beta of 0.42, meaning that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

68.1% of Cathay General Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 7.3% of America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. shares are held by institutional investors. 5.8% of Cathay General Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.3% of America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. shares are held by 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

Cathay General Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.3%. Cathay General Bancorp pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. pays out 122.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Profitability

This table compares Cathay General Bancorp and America First Multifamily Investors, L.P.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cathay General Bancorp 32.94% 9.83% 1.26%
America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. 47.50% 8.61% 2.98%

Summary

Cathay General Bancorp beats America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Cathay General Bancorp

Cathay General Bancorp is a bank holding company. The Company holds Cathay Bank, a California state-chartered commercial bank (the Bank); seven limited partnerships investing in affordable housing investments; GBC Venture Capital, Inc., and Asia Realty Corp. The Company also owns the common stock of five statutory business trusts created for issuing capital securities. The Bank primarily services individuals, professionals and small to medium-sized businesses in the local markets and provides commercial mortgage loans, commercial loans, small business administration (SBA) loans, residential mortgage loans, real estate construction loans, home equity lines of credit and installment loans to individuals for automobile, household and other consumer expenditures. The Bank offers passbook accounts, checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, certificates of deposit, individual retirement accounts, college certificates of deposit and public funds deposits.

About America First Multifamily Investors, L.P.

America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. is engaged in acquiring, holding, selling and dealing with a portfolio of mortgage revenue bonds, which have been issued to provide construction and/or permanent financing for multifamily and student housing (collectively Residential Properties) and commercial properties. Its segments are Mortgage Revenue Bond Investments, MF Properties, Public Housing Capital Fund Trusts and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) Investments. Its Mortgage Revenue Bond Investments segment consists of its portfolio of mortgage revenue bonds, which have been issued to provide construction and/or permanent financing for the residential properties and a commercial property. The MF Properties segment consists of indirect equity interests in multifamily, student housing, and senior citizen residential properties, which are not financed by mortgage revenue bonds held by the Company, but which it intends to finance by such bonds through a restructuring.

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