Eagle Bancorp Montana (NASDAQ: EBMT – Get a rating) and Renasant (NASDAQ:RNST – Get a rating) are both small cap finance companies, but which is the better company? We’ll compare the two companies based on their dividend strength, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership and earnings.
This is a breakdown of the current ratings of Eagle Bancorp Montana and Renasant, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sales Ratings||Hold odds||Buy reviews||Strong buy odds||Rating|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||0||1||0||0||2.00|
Eagle Bancorp Montana currently has a consensus target price of $22.00, indicating a potential upside of 12.76%. Renasant has a consensus target price of $34.63, indicating a potential upside of 12.09%. Given Eagle Bancorp Montana’s likely higher upside, stock analysts clearly believe that Eagle Bancorp Montana is more favorable than Renasant.
Volatility and risk
Eagle Bancorp Montana has a beta of 0.64, indicating its stock price is 36% less volatile than the S&P 500. By comparison, Renasant has a beta of 1.09, indicating its stock price is 9% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Eagle Bancorp Montana pays an annual dividend of $0.50 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Renasant pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.8%. Eagle Bancorp Montana pays 29.4% of its earnings as a dividend. Renasant distributes 32.7% of its profits as a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years. Eagle Bancorp Montana has increased its dividend for 11 consecutive years.
This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Eagle Bancorp Montana and Renasant.
|Net margins||Return on equity||return on assets|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||12.04%||7.52%||0.80%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
46.9% of Eagle Bancorp Montana shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.7% of Renasant shares are held by institutional investors. 7.4% of the shares of Eagle Bancorp Montana are held by insiders of the company. By comparison, 2.9% of Renasant shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large fund managers, and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.
Valuation and benefits
This chart compares gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Eagle Bancorp Montana and Renasant.
|Gross revenue||Price/sales ratio||Net revenue||Earnings per share||Price/earnings ratio|
|Eagle Bancorp Montana||$97.52 million||1.34||$14.42 million||$1.70||11:48|
|Renasant||$695.67 million||2.48||$175.89 million||$2.69||11:48|
Renasant has higher revenues and profits than Eagle Bancorp Montana. Eagle Bancorp Montana trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Renasant, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
Renasant beats Eagle Bancorp Montana on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Eagle Bancorp Montana
Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for Opportunity Bank of Montana, which provides various retail banking products and services to small businesses and individuals in Montana. It accepts various deposit products, such as individual checking, savings, money market and retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit accounts. The Company also offers 1 to 4 family residential mortgages, such as residential mortgages and building residential properties; commercial real estate loans, including multi-family housing, non-residential property, commercial construction and development, and farmland loans; and second mortgage/home equity loans. In addition, it offers consumer loans, such as loans secured by collateral other than real estate, such as automobiles, recreational vehicles and boats; personal loans and lines of credit; commercial business loans consisting of secured and unsecured business loans and lines of credit; building loans; agricultural loans; and mortgage lending services. The company operates 23 full-service branches, 1 community banking office and 25 ATMs. Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc. was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Helena, Montana.
Renasant Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Renasant Bank which provides a range of financial, wealth management, trust and insurance services to retail and commercial customers. It operates through three segments: community banks, insurance and wealth management. The community banking segment offers checking and savings accounts, business and personal loans, asset lending and equipment rental services, as well as safe deposit and night deposit services . It also grants commercial, financial and agricultural loans; financing and leasing of equipment; real estate-1-4 family mortgage; real estate-commercial mortgage; real estate construction loans for the construction of single-family residential properties, multi-family properties and commercial projects; personal installment loans; and interim construction loans, as well as automated teller machines (ATMs), online and mobile banking, call centers and cash management services. The Insurance segment provides insurance agency services, such as commercial and personal insurance products through insurance companies. The Wealth Management segment offers a range of wealth management and trust services, including the administration and management of trust accounts, such as personal and corporate benefit accounts, and custodial accounts, as well as accounting and fund management for trust accounts; annuities, mutual funds and other investment services through a third party broker; and qualified retirement plans, IRAs, employee benefit plans, personal trusts and estates. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated a network of 189 banking, credit and mortgage offices located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee; 150 full-service branches and 11 limited-service branches; 173 ATMs; and 38 ATMs. Renasant Corporation was founded in 1904 and is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi.
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