Financial Contrast: Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr (BLX) versus INTL Fcstone (INTL)

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr (NYSE: BLX) and INTL Fcstone (NASDAQ:INTL) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, profitability, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

15.8% of Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 64.8% of INTL Fcstone shares are owned by institutional investors. 20.5% of INTL Fcstone shares are owned by company 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.

Profitability

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and INTL Fcstone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr 65.86% 7.98% 1.30%
INTL Fcstone 0.02% 1.41% 0.10%

Dividends

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. INTL Fcstone does not pay a dividend. Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr pays out 81.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and INTL Fcstone, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr 1 2 0 0 1.67
INTL Fcstone 0 0 0 0 N/A

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr presently has a consensus price target of $27.50, suggesting a potential downside of 8.36%. Given Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr is more favorable than INTL Fcstone.

Risk and Volatility

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr has a beta of 1.64, suggesting that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, INTL Fcstone has a beta of 1.7, suggesting that its share price is 70% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and INTL Fcstone’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr $258.66 million 4.57 $87.04 million $1.90 15.79
INTL Fcstone $29.42 billion 0.03 $6.40 million $0.33 134.45

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr has higher earnings, but lower revenue than INTL Fcstone. Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than INTL Fcstone, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr beats INTL Fcstone on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (the Bank) is a specialized multinational bank. The Bank is established to support the financing of trade and economic integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company operates in two segments: Commercial and Treasury. The Bank’s Commercial segment incorporates all of the Bank’s financial intermediation and fees generated by the commercial portfolio activities, such as origination of bilateral and syndicated credits, short- and medium-term loans, acceptances and contingent credits. The Bank’s Treasury segment incorporates deposits in banks and all of the Bank’s trading assets, securities available-for-sale and held-to-maturity, and the balance of the investment funds. The Bank serves a range of sectors, including oil and gas, agribusiness, food processing and manufacturing. Its products and services are categorized into three main areas: Financial Intermediation Business, Structuring and Syndications Business and Treasury.

About INTL Fcstone

INTL Fcstone Inc. is a financial services company. The Company provides financial products, and advisory and execution service. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial Hedging, Global Payments, Securities, Physical Commodities, and Clearing and Execution Services (CES). The Commercial Hedging segment serves its commercial clients through its team of risk management consultants. The Global Payments segment provides global payment solutions to banks and commercial businesses, as well as charities and non-governmental organizations and government organizations. The Securities segment provides solutions that facilitate cross-border trading. The Physical Commodities segment consists of its physical precious metals trading and physical agricultural and energy commodity businesses. The CES segment seeks to provide clearing and execution of exchange-traded futures and options for the institutional and trader market segments.

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