Kearny Financial (NASDAQ: KRNY) is one of 95 public companies in the “Federal savings institutions” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Kearny Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, earnings, dividends and institutional ownership.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Kearny Financial 16.72% 3.81% 0.65%
Kearny Financial Competitors 16.32% 5.86% 0.86%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Kearny Financial and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kearny Financial $250.89 million $42.14 million 27.96
Kearny Financial Competitors $893.18 million $208.84 million 17.21

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

Risk & Volatility

Kearny Financial has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its share price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kearny Financial’s competitors have a beta of 0.52, suggesting that their average share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Kearny Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Kearny Financial pays out 59.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Federal savings institutions” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.7% and pay out 37.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Kearny Financial has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years. Kearny Financial lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

65.2% of Kearny Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 38.6% of shares of all “Federal savings institutions” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of Kearny Financial shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 9.1% of shares of all “Federal savings institutions” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Kearny Financial and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kearny Financial 0 1 0 0 2.00
Kearny Financial Competitors 701 1729 1351 98 2.22

Kearny Financial presently has a consensus price target of $12.50, suggesting a potential downside of 4.87%. As a group, “Federal savings institutions” companies have a potential upside of 6.91%. Given Kearny Financial’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Kearny Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Kearny Financial competitors beat Kearny Financial on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

Kearny Financial Company Profile

Kearny Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Kearny Bank that provides various banking products and services in the United States. The company offers various deposit products, including interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit accounts. It also provides various loans, such as one-to-four family mortgage loans; commercial mortgages, including loans secured by multi-family, mixed-use, and nonresidential properties; secured and unsecured business loans; consumer loans, such as home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, account loans, overdraft lines of credit, vehicle loans, personal loans, and loans secured by savings accounts and certificates of deposit; and construction loans to builders/developers and individual homeowners. In addition, the company engages in investment activities. As of August 15, 2018, it operated a total of 54 retail branch offices located throughout northern and central New Jersey, and Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. The company was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey.

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