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

Dividends

Kearny Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. 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 2.6% and pay out 35.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Kearny Financial has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years. Kearny Financial lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

Kearny Financial has a beta of 0.4, meaning that its share price is 60% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Kearny Financial’s competitors have a beta of 0.52, meaning that their average share price is 48% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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 hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

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 16.78% 3.88% 0.66%
Kearny Financial Competitors 16.20% 5.91% 0.86%

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Kearny Financial $250.89 million $42.14 million 25.79
Kearny Financial Competitors $890.14 million $206.61 million 16.92

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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Kearny Financial and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Kearny Financial 0 2 0 0 2.00
Kearny Financial Competitors 727 1749 1365 100 2.21

Kearny Financial currently has a consensus price target of $13.25, indicating a potential upside of 9.32%. As a group, “Federal savings institutions” companies have a potential upside of 7.40%. Given Kearny Financial’s higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Kearny Financial is more favorable than its competitors.

Summary

Kearny Financial competitors beat Kearny Financial on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About Kearny Financial

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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