Head to Head Survey: Middleburg Financial (MBRG) & Yadkin Financial (YDKN)

Middleburg Financial (NASDAQ: MBRG) and Yadkin Financial (NYSE:YDKN) are both small-cap financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, profitability and risk.

Volatility and Risk

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Middleburg Financial has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its share price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Yadkin Financial has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its share price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Middleburg Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Yadkin Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.2%. Middleburg Financial pays out 46.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Yadkin Financial pays out 35.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Yadkin Financial has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Middleburg Financial and Yadkin Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Middleburg Financial N/A N/A N/A $1.13 35.43
Yadkin Financial N/A N/A N/A $1.12 30.79

Yadkin Financial is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Middleburg Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Middleburg Financial and Yadkin Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Middleburg Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A
Yadkin Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.1% of Middleburg Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.7% of Yadkin Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of Middleburg Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.0% of Yadkin Financial shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Middleburg Financial and Yadkin Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Middleburg Financial 8.07% 3.43% 0.34%
Yadkin Financial 18.40% 5.41% 0.75%

Summary

Yadkin Financial beats Middleburg Financial on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Middleburg Financial Company Profile

Middleburg Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company conducts its primary operations through two subsidiaries, Middleburg Bank and Middleburg Investment Group, Inc. The Company has another subsidiary, MFC Capital Trust II. The Company’s segments are Commercial & Retail Banking, which includes loans, investment securities and deposit accounts; Wealth Management, including wealth management activities, and Mortgage Banking, which includes mortgage banking activities. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers a range of banking, fiduciary and investment management services to both individuals and small businesses. The Company’s business activities include commercial and retail banking services through Middleburg Bank, wealth management services through Middleburg Investment Group, Inc., and mortgage banking services. Other banking services available to its clients include Internet banking, travelers’ checks, safe deposit rentals, notary public and wire services.

Yadkin Financial Company Profile

Yadkin Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company conducts its business operations through its subsidiary, Yadkin Bank, which is a chartered community bank that provides services in approximately 110 branches across North Carolina and South Carolina. Yadkin Bank provides banking, mortgage, investment and insurance services to businesses and consumers across the Carolinas. It operates through a segment, which is providing general commercial banking and financial services to individuals and businesses located in North Carolina and South Carolina, and to customers in various states through its Small Business Administration (SBA) lending program. It offers various loans, such as commercial and industrial (C&I) loans and government-guaranteed loans. The Company’s investment securities portfolio includes the United States Government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) obligations and securities guaranteed by the United States SBA. The Company’s primary source of funds is deposits.

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