Bank of SC (NASDAQ:BKSC) and Eagle Bancorp Montana (NASDAQ:EBMT) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, dividends, profitability and institutional ownership.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Bank of SC and Eagle Bancorp Montana’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Bank of SC||$20.13 million||5.16||$6.92 million||N/A||N/A|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||$48.16 million||1.98||$4.98 million||$1.07||16.27|
Risk & Volatility
Bank of SC has a beta of -0.04, suggesting that its stock price is 104% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Eagle Bancorp Montana has a beta of 0.47, suggesting that its stock price is 53% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Bank of SC pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Eagle Bancorp Montana pays an annual dividend of $0.37 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Eagle Bancorp Montana pays out 34.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Bank of SC has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years and Eagle Bancorp Montana has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Bank of SC is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.
This is a summary of current recommendations for Bank of SC and Eagle Bancorp Montana, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Bank of SC||0||0||0||0||N/A|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||0||1||1||0||2.50|
Insider & Institutional Ownership
11.5% of Bank of SC shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.6% of Eagle Bancorp Montana shares are owned by institutional investors. 27.9% of Bank of SC shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 6.9% of Eagle Bancorp Montana shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
This table compares Bank of SC and Eagle Bancorp Montana’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Bank of SC||34.38%||15.86%||1.61%|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||10.34%||6.39%||0.71%|
Bank of SC beats Eagle Bancorp Montana on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Bank of SC
Bank of South Carolina Corporation operates as the holding company for The Bank of South Carolina that provides commercial banking services to individuals, professionals, and small and middle market businesses in South Carolina. The company offers a range of deposit products, including non-interest bearing demand accounts, NOW accounts, money market accounts, time deposits, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It also provides secured and unsecured loans; commercial real estate loans; consumer loans, including construction, real estate, HELOCs, and mortgage; and home equity loans and lines of credit. It operates through Charleston, Summerville, and Mount Pleasant banking house locations in South Carolina. Bank of South Carolina Corporation was founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina.
About Eagle Bancorp Montana
Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Opportunity Bank of Montana that provides various retail banking products and services in Montana. The company offers one-to-four family residential mortgage loans; commercial real estate loans; real estate construction loans; home equity loans; commercial business loans consisting of business loans and lines of credit on a secured and unsecured basis; and consumer loans comprising loans that are secured by collateral other than real estate, such as automobiles, recreational vehicles, and boats. It also accepts various deposit products, such as checking, savings, money market, and individual retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit accounts. In addition, the company provides wealth management and mortgage loan services. Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Helena, Montana.
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