Financial Survey: Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son (NTB) versus MFC Bancorp (MFCB)

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Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son (NYSE:NTB) and MFC Bancorp (NYSE:MFCB) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son has a beta of 1.6, suggesting that its stock price is 60% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, MFC Bancorp has a beta of 0.69, suggesting that its stock price is 31% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son and MFC Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son 35.65% 22.33% 1.74%
MFC Bancorp N/A N/A N/A

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.1% of Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 31.6% of MFC Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.9% of MFC Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son and MFC Bancorp’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son $468.15 million 4.83 $153.25 million $2.86 14.44
MFC Bancorp $211.30 million 0.26 -$36.91 million N/A N/A

Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son has higher revenue and earnings than MFC Bancorp.

Dividends

Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son pays an annual dividend of $0.70 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. MFC Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son and MFC Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son 0 2 4 0 2.67
MFC Bancorp 0 0 1 0 3.00

Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son currently has a consensus price target of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of 18.62%. MFC Bancorp has a consensus price target of $201.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4,450.81%. Given MFC Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe MFC Bancorp is more favorable than Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son.

Summary

Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son beats MFC Bancorp on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son

The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited provides a range of community, commercial, and private banking services to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses. It accepts retail and corporate checking, savings, term, and non-interest bearing deposits, as well as certificates of deposits. The company's lending portfolio includes residential mortgage lending, automobile financing, consumer financing, credit cards, overdraft facilities, commercial real estate lending, and commercial and industrial loans. In addition, it offers investment products and services; and cash and liquidity management, foreign exchange, custody administration, and settlement services. Further, the company provides personal and property/auto insurance products; letters of credit; and cash management, payroll, remote banking, money market, advisory, brokerage, trust, estate, company management, private banking, administered bank services, fiduciary, and ancillary services. Additionally, it offers debit cards; automated teller machines (ATMs); personal and business deposit, merchant acquiring, and mobile/online banking services. The company operates through offices in the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, the United Kingdom, The Bahamas, and Switzerland, as well as through four branch locations in Bermuda and three branch locations in the Cayman Islands. The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited was founded in 1858 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

About MFC Bancorp

MFC Bancorp Ltd., a merchant banking company, provides various financial services for corporations and institutions worldwide. It operates through two segments, Merchant Banking and All Other. The company specializes in markets that are not adequately addressed by traditional sources of supply and finance, with focus on providing solutions for small and medium sized enterprises. It offers bank guarantees, letters of credit, factoring, other financing transactions, proprietary investing and advisory services, and merchant banking products and services. The company also holds various production assets, including a zinc alloy processing facility located in Slovakia; a natural gas power plant located in Alberta, Canada and a hydro-electric power plant located in Africa; a non-ferrous rolling mill in Germany; and a natural gas production and processing facility in Alberta, Canada, as well as a mining sub-lease of the lands upon which the Wabush iron ore mine is situated in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. In addition, it has interests in the hydrocarbon interests located in west central Alberta, Canada; and is involved in business activities related to medical equipment, instruments, supplies, and services. The company was formerly known as MFC Industrial Ltd. and changed its name to MFC Bancorp Ltd. in July 2017. MFC Bancorp Ltd. was incorporated in 2017 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.

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