Comparing SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH (SCYT) & Brookline Bancorp (BRKL)

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SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH (OTCMKTS:SCYT) and Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, institutional ownership, dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH and Brookline Bancorp’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brookline Bancorp $339.12 million 3.82 $83.06 million $1.07 15.06

Brookline Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH and Brookline Bancorp, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH 0 0 0 0 N/A
Brookline Bancorp 0 3 0 0 2.00

Brookline Bancorp has a consensus price target of $17.75, suggesting a potential upside of 10.18%. Given Brookline Bancorp’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Brookline Bancorp is more favorable than SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH.

Dividends

SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. Brookline Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Brookline Bancorp pays out 39.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH and Brookline Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH N/A N/A N/A
Brookline Bancorp 24.49% 9.58% 1.17%

Volatility & Risk

SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH has a beta of 0.16, indicating that its share price is 84% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookline Bancorp has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.0% of Brookline Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 2.5% of Brookline Bancorp shares are held 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.

Summary

Brookline Bancorp beats SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

SEC BANCORP INC/SH SH Company Profile

Security Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Security Federal Savings Bank that provides banking, financial, and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers primarily in Warren County, Tennessee. The company's deposit products include checking and savings accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also offers consumer loans; mortgage loans; and commercial loans, including installment loans and lines of credit, as well as provides trust services. In addition, the company provides wealth and financial management services that include mutual funds, stocks, and bonds; rollovers; personal and small business retirement plans; fixed, variable, and indexed annuities; life insurance; trust and estate services; and other plans, as well as online, mobile, and telephone banking services. It operates through three full-service bank locations and five ATM locations in Warren County. Security Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in McMinnville, Tennessee.

Brookline Bancorp Company Profile

Brookline Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, First Ipswich Bank, and Brookline Securities Corp that provide commercial, business, and retail banking services to corporate, municipal, and retail customers in the United States. Its deposit products include non-interest-bearing demand checking accounts, NOW accounts, savings accounts, and money market accounts. The company's loan portfolio comprises first mortgage loans secured by commercial, multi-family, and residential real estate properties; loans to business entities comprising commercial lines of credit; loans to condominium associations; loans and leases used to finance equipment used by small businesses; financing for construction and development projects; and home equity and other consumer loans. It also provides cash management, investment advisory, and online banking services, as well as invests in debt and equity securities. As of December 31, 2017, the Company operated 51 full-service banking offices in greater Boston, the north shore of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Brookline Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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