ERSTE Grp Bk A/S (OTCMKTS:EBKDY) and BNP PARIBAS/S (OTCMKTS:BNPQY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, dividends, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

0.4% of ERSTE Grp Bk A/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of BNP PARIBAS/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


ERSTE Grp Bk A/S pays an annual dividend of $0.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.3%. BNP PARIBAS/S pays an annual dividend of $1.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.1%. BNP PARIBAS/S pays out 38.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares ERSTE Grp Bk A/S and BNP PARIBAS/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ERSTE Grp Bk A/S 17.37% 10.76% 0.86%
BNP PARIBAS/S 17.17% 9.61% 0.46%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ERSTE Grp Bk A/S and BNP PARIBAS/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ERSTE Grp Bk A/S $8.98 billion 1.99 $1.49 billion N/A N/A
BNP PARIBAS/S $55.61 billion 1.30 $8.77 billion $3.90 7.45

BNP PARIBAS/S has higher revenue and earnings than ERSTE Grp Bk A/S.

Risk and Volatility

ERSTE Grp Bk A/S has a beta of 0.96, indicating that its stock price is 4% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BNP PARIBAS/S has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for ERSTE Grp Bk A/S and BNP PARIBAS/S, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ERSTE Grp Bk A/S 0 0 0 0 N/A
BNP PARIBAS/S 0 1 1 0 2.50


ERSTE Grp Bk A/S beats BNP PARIBAS/S on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ERSTE Grp Bk A/S

Erste Group Bank AG provides a range of banking and other financial services to the retail and corporate customers in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, and internationally. The company operates through Retail, Corporates, Group Markets, Asset/Liability Management and Local Corporate Center, Savings Banks, Group Corporate Center, and Intragroup Elimination segments. It offers savings and current accounts, mortgage and consumer loans, working capital finance, accounts receivable purchasing, structured trade finance, and supply chain finance services; loan syndication services; letters of credit, guarantees, investment finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, commercial real estate finance, buyer's credit, and revolving export credit lines; liquidity management; and hedging and documentary collection services. The company also provides private banking, asset management, investment banking, securities and derivatives trading, portfolio management, project finance, foreign trade financing, corporate finance, capital market and money market, foreign exchange trading, and leasing and factoring services; phone, online, and mobile banking services; and leasing, insurance, investment, and building society products, as well as credit cards. In addition, it offers real estate development and lending; advisory services related to acquisition, divestment, and merger, as well as risk management; analysis services for stock, bond, and commodity markets; and custody and brokerage services. The company operates through 2,565 branches in seven countries. Erste Group Bank AG was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.


BNP Paribas SA provides a range of banking and financial services in France and internationally. The company operates through two divisions, Retail Banking and Services; and Corporate and Institutional Banking. It offers long-term corporate vehicle leasing, and rental and other financing solutions; and digital banking and investment services, cash management, and factoring services to corporate clients, as well as wealth management services. The company also provides credit solutions for individuals under the Cetelem, Cofinoga, and Findomestic brand names; savings and protection solutions, including insuring individuals and their personal projects and assets; and asset management, private banking, and real estate services. In addition, it offers global market services, including investment, hedging, financing, and research across asset classes; security services comprising clearing, custody, and asset and fund services, as well as corporate trust, and market and financing services; and corporate trade and treasury, debt financing, specialized financing, strategic advisory, mergers and acquisition, and equity capital market services for institutional and corporate clients. The company was formerly known as Banque Nationale de Paris and changed its name to BNP Paribas SA in May 2000. BNP Paribas SA was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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