BancorpSouth (NYSE: BXS) is one of 284 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare BancorpSouth to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

66.7% of BancorpSouth shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 53.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 2.6% of BancorpSouth shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 9.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

BancorpSouth has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BancorpSouth’s competitors have a beta of 0.83, suggesting that their average share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

BancorpSouth pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. BancorpSouth pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. BancorpSouth has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for BancorpSouth and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BancorpSouth 0 9 1 0 2.10
BancorpSouth Competitors 2135 8438 8427 329 2.36

BancorpSouth currently has a consensus price target of $33.00, suggesting a potential upside of 0.92%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential upside of 3.39%. Given BancorpSouth’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe BancorpSouth has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BancorpSouth and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
BancorpSouth $762.21 million $132.72 million 19.82
BancorpSouth Competitors $5.86 billion $882.26 million 79.09

BancorpSouth’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than BancorpSouth. BancorpSouth is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares BancorpSouth and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BancorpSouth 19.59% 8.97% 1.03%
BancorpSouth Competitors 18.38% 8.26% 0.93%

Summary

BancorpSouth competitors beat BancorpSouth on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About BancorpSouth

BancorpSouth Bank is a financial holding company. The Company, through its principal bank subsidiary, conducts commercial banking and financial services operations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas and Illinois. The Company’s segments include Community Banking, Insurance Agencies, and General Corporate and Other. Its Community Banking segment provides a range of deposit products, commercial loans and consumer loans. Its Insurance Agencies segment serves as agents in the sale of commercial lines of insurance and full lines of property and casualty, life, health and employee benefits products and services. Its General Corporate and Other segment includes mortgage banking, trust services, credit card activities, investment services and other activities not allocated to the Community Banking or Insurance Agencies segments.

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