Head-To-Head Contrast: Capital Bank Financial (CBF) & Avenue Financial (AVNU)

Capital Bank Financial (NASDAQ: CBF) and Avenue Financial (NASDAQ:AVNU) are both financials companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, risk, valuation and profitability.

Profitability

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This table compares Capital Bank Financial and Avenue Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Capital Bank Financial 25.58% 7.69% 1.02%
Avenue Financial 12.94% 5.88% 0.48%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Capital Bank Financial and Avenue Financial’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Capital Bank Financial $341.60 million 6.36 $58.16 million $1.57 26.59
Avenue Financial N/A N/A N/A $0.67 29.33

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Capital Bank Financial and Avenue Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Capital Bank Financial 0 2 1 0 2.33
Avenue Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Capital Bank Financial currently has a consensus price target of $43.33, suggesting a potential upside of 3.79%. Given Capital Bank Financial’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Capital Bank Financial is more favorable than Avenue Financial.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

64.4% of Capital Bank Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 12.4% of Capital Bank Financial shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Capital Bank Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Avenue Financial does not pay a dividend. Capital Bank Financial pays out 30.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Capital Bank Financial beats Avenue Financial on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Capital Bank Financial Company Profile

Capital Bank Financial Corp. is a bank holding company whose business is conducted through Capital Bank Corporation (the Bank). The Company, through its branches, offers a range of commercial and consumer loans and deposits, as well as ancillary financial services. It offers a range of commercial loan products, including owner occupied and non-owner occupied commercial real estate; construction; working capital loans and lines of credit; demand and time loans, and equipment, inventory and accounts receivable financing. In addition to business demand, savings and money market accounts, it also provides cash management services and deposit products. It offers various services to its customers, including checking, savings and money market accounts, certificates of deposit and debit and credit cards. It offers consumer loan products, including home equity loans and lines of credit; second lien mortgages; new and used auto loans; new and used boat loans, and overdraft protection.

Avenue Financial Company Profile

Avenue Financial Holdings, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company operates through its subsidiary, Avenue Bank (the Bank). The Company’s operations are concentrated in the Nashville metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and provide a range of financial services through its approximately five locations (four of which are retail branches) and a limited deposit courier service (mobile branch) for select commercial banking clients. It is focused primarily on commercial and private banking. Its principal business is to provide traditional lending and deposit services to clients, through its commercial and private banking departments. The Company is organized into commercial banking, music and entertainment banking, private banking, business banking, mortgage banking and concierge banking teams. It has six loan segments, which include residential real estate, commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, construction and land development, consumer and other.

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