Analyzing CA BANCORP/SH (OTCMKTS:CALB) and Popular (OTCMKTS:BPOP)

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CA BANCORP/SH (OTCMKTS:CALB) and Popular (NASDAQ:BPOP) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and valuation.

Volatility and Risk

CA BANCORP/SH has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its share price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Popular has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for CA BANCORP/SH and Popular, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
CA BANCORP/SH 0 0 0 0 N/A
Popular 0 1 5 0 2.83

Popular has a consensus price target of $59.00, indicating a potential upside of 11.98%. Given Popular’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Popular is more favorable than CA BANCORP/SH.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares CA BANCORP/SH and Popular’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
CA BANCORP/SH $44.65 million 3.59 $8.71 million N/A N/A
Popular $2.67 billion 1.90 $618.16 million $4.77 11.05

Popular has higher revenue and earnings than CA BANCORP/SH.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.1% of CA BANCORP/SH shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 89.4% of Popular shares are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Popular shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Popular pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. CA BANCORP/SH does not pay a dividend. Popular pays out 25.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Popular has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.

Profitability

This table compares CA BANCORP/SH and Popular’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
CA BANCORP/SH 18.61% 8.22% 0.95%
Popular 24.69% 10.58% 1.17%

Summary

Popular beats CA BANCORP/SH on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

CA BANCORP/SH Company Profile

California BanCorp operates as the bank holding company for California Bank of Commerce that provides commercial banking services to small to middle-market businesses, professionals, and not-for-profit organizations in California. It accepts various deposit products, including checking, attorney trust, money market, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company also provides commercial loans, such as lines of credit, standby letters of credit, and term loans; commercial real estate loans, including construction, SBA 504, bridge, land acquisition and development, and commercial real estate equity loans; and loans for business owners and officers, which include personal lines of credit, home equity loans/lines of credit, and term loans. In addition, it offers international banking services comprising export, standby, and import letters of credit; asset-based financing; dental and medical financing; cash and treasury management; and online and mobile banking services. The company operates six offices, including three banking branches and three loan production offices in Lafayette, Fremont, San Jose, Oakland, and Walnut Creek. California BanCorp was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

Popular Company Profile

Popular, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides various retail, mortgage, and commercial banking products and services. The company accepts various deposit products. It also offers commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans; residential mortgage loans; consumer loans, including personal loans, credit cards, automobile loans, home equity lines of credit, and other loans to individual borrowers; construction loans; and lease financing comprising automobile loans/leases. In addition, the company provides investment banking, broker-dealer, and insurance services. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 172 branches, including 67 owned and 105 leased premises in Puerto Rico; 51 branches comprising 5 owned and 46 leased premises in New York, New Jersey, and Florida; and 619 ATMs in Puerto Rico, 22 ATMs in Virgin Islands, and 115 ATMs in the United States mainland. Popular, Inc. was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

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