Tristate Capital (NASDAQ:TSC) and Republic First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FRBK) Critical Review

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Tristate Capital (NASDAQ:TSC) and Republic First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FRBK) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Tristate Capital and Republic First Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Tristate Capital $247.70 million 2.47 $54.42 million $1.73 12.03
Republic First Bancorp $112.40 million 2.51 $8.63 million N/A N/A

Tristate Capital has higher revenue and earnings than Republic First Bancorp.

Profitability

This table compares Tristate Capital and Republic First Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Tristate Capital 21.60% 12.91% 0.97%
Republic First Bancorp 6.19% 3.02% 0.27%

Volatility & Risk

Tristate Capital has a beta of 1.18, suggesting that its stock price is 18% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Republic First Bancorp has a beta of 0.96, suggesting that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Tristate Capital and Republic First Bancorp, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Tristate Capital 0 1 3 0 2.75
Republic First Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A

Tristate Capital currently has a consensus target price of $29.33, indicating a potential upside of 40.89%. Given Tristate Capital’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Tristate Capital is more favorable than Republic First Bancorp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

71.8% of Tristate Capital shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 59.4% of Republic First Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 17.5% of Tristate Capital shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 13.1% of Republic First Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Tristate Capital beats Republic First Bancorp on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Tristate Capital Company Profile

TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for TriState Capital Bank that provides various commercial and private banking services to middle-market businesses and high-net-worth individuals in the United States. It operates in two segments, Bank and Investment Management. The company's deposit products include checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as promontory's certificate of deposit account registry services and insured cash sweep services. It also provides loans that are secured by cash, marketable securities, cash value life insurance, residential property, or other financial assets, as well as commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, personal loans, asset-based loans, acquisition financing, and letters of credit. In addition, the company offers liquidity and treasury management services, such as online balance reporting, online bill payment, remote deposit, liquidity, wire and ACH, foreign exchange, and controlled disbursement services; and equity and fixed income advisory and sub-advisory services to third party mutual funds and series trust mutual funds, as well as separately managed accounts primarily comprising ultra-high-net-worth and institutional clients that include corporations, ERISA plans, Taft-Hartley funds, municipalities, endowments, and foundations. Further, it provides cash management services; and capital market services, which comprise interest rate swaps and investment management products, as well as engages in wholesaling and marketing the investment products and services. The company offers its products and services through its main office located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as through its four additional representative offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Edison, New Jersey; and New York, New York. TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Republic First Bancorp Company Profile

Republic First Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Republic First Bank that provides a range of credit and depository banking products and services to individuals and businesses primarily in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. It offers consumer and commercial deposit, checking, interest-bearing demand, money market, savings, sweep, and individual retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company also provides secured and unsecured commercial loans, real estate loans, construction and land development loans, automobile loans, home improvement loans, mortgages, home equity and overdraft lines of credit, and other products, as well as lockbox services. It has branches; and 25 proprietary ATMs located in its store network. Republic First Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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