Hancock (NASDAQ:HBHC) and Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) are both finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, profitability, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.
This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Hancock and Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida||0||3||2||0||2.40|
Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida has a consensus target price of $30.17, suggesting a potential upside of 22.58%. Given Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida is more favorable than Hancock.
Hancock pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida does not pay a dividend.
This table compares Hancock and Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida||23.29%||10.47%||1.32%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Hancock and Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida||$291.42 million||4.34||$67.28 million||$1.62||15.19|
Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida has higher revenue and earnings than Hancock.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
75.7% of Hancock shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 83.7% of Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.0% of Hancock shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 2.7% of Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida beats Hancock on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.
Hancock Company Profile
Hancock Holding Company operates as the bank holding company for Whitney Bank that provides a range of community banking services to commercial, small business, and retail customers. The company offers various deposit products, including noninterest-bearing demand deposits, interest-bearing transaction accounts, savings accounts, money market deposit accounts, and time deposit accounts. It also provides commercial and industrial; commercial real estate; construction and land development; and residential mortgages, including fixed and adjustable rate loans; and consumer loans comprising second lien mortgage home loans, home equity lines of credit, and nonresidential consumer purpose loans. In addition, the company offers treasury management services, investment brokerage services, letters of credit and financial guarantees, and revolving credit facilities. Further, it provides trust and investment management services to retirement plans, corporations, and individuals. Additionally, the company provides insurance agency services, discount investment brokerage services, life insurance, and consumer financing services, as well as operates and sells foreclosed assets. It operates approximately 237 full service banking and financial services offices and 277 automated teller machines in Gulf south corridor, south Mississippi; southern and central Alabama; southern Louisiana; the northern, central, and Panhandle regions of Florida; and Houston, Texas under the Hancock and Whitney Bank brand names, as well as operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. Hancock Holding Company was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida Company Profile
Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida operates as the bank holding company for Seacoast National Bank that provides financial services to retail and commercial customers in Florida. The company offers commercial and retail banking, wealth management, and treasury management services, as well as home mortgage products; and brokerage and annuity services. It operates through 51 traditional branches and 7 commercial banking centers. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Stuart, Florida.
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