People’s United Financial (NASDAQ: PBCT) and BankUnited (NYSE:BKU) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Profitability

This table compares People’s United Financial and BankUnited’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
People’s United Financial 18.88% 6.14% 0.75%
BankUnited 19.54% 9.81% 0.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for People’s United Financial and BankUnited, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
People’s United Financial 2 9 0 0 1.82
BankUnited 0 3 7 0 2.70

People’s United Financial currently has a consensus price target of $18.31, indicating a potential upside of 8.57%. BankUnited has a consensus price target of $40.82, indicating a potential upside of 21.45%. Given BankUnited’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe BankUnited is more favorable than People’s United Financial.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

75.0% of People’s United Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 98.6% of BankUnited shares are held by institutional investors. 2.7% of People’s United Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of BankUnited shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

People’s United Financial has a beta of 0.82, indicating that its stock price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BankUnited has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

People’s United Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.69 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.1%. BankUnited pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. People’s United Financial pays out 77.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. BankUnited pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BankUnited has increased its dividend for 10 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares People’s United Financial and BankUnited’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
People’s United Financial $1.34 billion 4.34 $306.66 million $0.89 18.94
BankUnited $973.23 million 3.69 $238.16 million $2.23 15.07

People’s United Financial has higher revenue and earnings than BankUnited. BankUnited is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than People’s United Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

BankUnited beats People’s United Financial on 12 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About People’s United Financial

People’s United Financial, Inc. is a bank holding company and a financial holding company of People’s United Bank (the Bank). The Bank is engaged in providing commercial banking, retail banking and wealth management services to individual, corporate and municipal customers. The Company operates through two segments: Commercial Banking and Retail Banking. Commercial Banking segment is engaged in commercial real estate lending, commercial and industrial lending, and commercial deposit gathering activities. It offers cash management, correspondent banking, municipal banking, institutional trust services, corporate trust, insurance services and private banking, among others. Retail Banking segment provides consumer lending (including residential mortgage and home equity lending) and consumer deposit gathering activities. The Retail Banking segment also includes brokerage, financial advisory services, investment management services, and life insurance and non-institutional trust services.

About BankUnited

BankUnited, Inc. is the bank holding company of BankUnited (the Bank). The bank is a national banking association. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank provided a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through 94 banking centers located in 15 Florida counties and six banking centers in the New York metropolitan area. The Bank also provides a range of traditional banking products and services to both its commercial and retail customers. The Company offers a range of lending products, including small business loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans and leases, term loans, formula-based loans, municipal and non-profit loans and leases, commercial and mortgage warehouse lines of credit, letters of credit and consumer loans. It offers traditional deposit products, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with a range of terms and rates.

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