Critical Analysis: Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr (NYSE:BLX) & ST BK CORP/SH SH (NYSE:SBAZ)

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr (NYSE:BLX) and ST BK CORP/SH SH (OTCMKTS:SBAZ) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and ST BK CORP/SH SH, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr 0 0 0 0 N/A
ST BK CORP/SH SH 0 0 0 0 N/A

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr presently has a consensus target price of $25.00, suggesting a potential upside of 117.58%. Given Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr is more favorable than ST BK CORP/SH SH.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

14.3% of Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and ST BK CORP/SH SH’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr $290.82 million 1.56 $86.05 million N/A N/A
ST BK CORP/SH SH $33.94 million 3.65 $7.82 million N/A N/A

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr has higher revenue and earnings than ST BK CORP/SH SH.

Dividends

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.7%. ST BK CORP/SH SH pays an annual dividend of $0.30 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%.

Risk & Volatility

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr has a beta of 1.56, suggesting that its stock price is 56% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, ST BK CORP/SH SH has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its stock price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr and ST BK CORP/SH SH’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr 30.20% 8.22% 1.22%
ST BK CORP/SH SH 23.04% 12.25% 1.28%

Summary

Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr beats ST BK CORP/SH SH on 7 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Latinoamericano de Comerci Extr

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A., a multinational bank, primarily engages in the financing of foreign trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company operates through two segments, Commercial and Treasury. It offers short and medium-term bilateral, structured and syndicated credits, and loan commitments; letter of credit contingencies, such as issued and confirmed letters of credit, and stand-by letters of credit; and guarantees covering commercial risk and other assets. The company also provides treasury solutions. It primarily serves financial institutions, companies, and investors. The company was formerly known as Banco Latinoamericano de Exportaciones, S.A. and changed its name to Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. in June 2009. Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Panama City, the Republic of Panama.

About ST BK CORP/SH SH

State Bank Corp. engages in the provision of deposit and loan products through its subsidiary. It offers its products to individuals, businesses and professionals throughout Arizona. The company was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

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