Banc of California (NASDAQ: FPTB) and BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) are both financials companies, but which is the superior business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Profitability

This table compares Banc of California and BB&T Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banc of California 18.64% 5.53% 0.57%
BB&T Corporation 19.57% 9.62% 1.18%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Banc of California and BB&T Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banc of California 0 0 0 0 N/A
BB&T Corporation 1 10 4 0 2.20

BB&T Corporation has a consensus price target of $47.08, indicating a potential upside of 2.01%. Given BB&T Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BB&T Corporation is more favorable than Banc of California.

Dividends

BB&T Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Banc of California does not pay a dividend. BB&T Corporation pays out 49.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BB&T Corporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Banc of California and BB&T Corporation’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banc of California N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
BB&T Corporation $10.58 billion 3.52 $2.17 billion $2.68 17.22

BB&T Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than Banc of California.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

64.5% of BB&T Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of BB&T Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

BB&T Corporation beats Banc of California on 10 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

Banc of California Company Profile

Banc of California, Inc. is a financial holding company. The Company is the parent of Banc of California, National Association (the Bank). The Company operates through Commercial Banking; Mortgage Banking, and Corporate/Other segments. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank had 90 California banking locations, including 39 full service branches in San Diego, Orange, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties. The Bank offers automated bill payment, cash and treasury management, master demand accounts, foreign exchange, interest rate swaps, trust services, card payment services, remote and mobile deposit capture, automatic clearing house (ACH) origination, wire transfer, direct deposit, and safe deposit boxes. Bank customers also have the ability to access their accounts through a nationwide network of automated teller machines (ATMs), online, telephone and mobile banking. The Bank’s lending activities are focused on providing financing to private businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners.

BB&T Corporation Company Profile

BB&T Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its business operations primarily through its bank subsidiary, Branch Banking and Trust Company (Branch Bank), and other nonbank subsidiaries. Its segments include Community Banking, Residential Mortgage Banking, Dealer Financial Services, Specialized Lending, Insurance Holdings and Financial Services. Branch Bank provides a range of banking and trust services for retail and commercial clients. Its retail services include asset management, automobile lending, bankcard lending, consumer finance, home equity lending, home mortgage lending, insurance, investment brokerage services, payment solutions and sales finance, among others. Its commercial services include asset management, association services, capital market services, commercial deposit services, commercial finance, corporate banking, floor plan lending, insurance, merchant services, real estate lending and payment solutions, among others.

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