Critical Comparison: National Australia Bank (OTCMKTS:NABZY) and Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH)

National Australia Bank (OTCMKTS:NABZY) and Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of National Australia Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.7% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. 2.4% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned 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 National Australia Bank and Meta Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
National Australia Bank N/A N/A N/A
Meta Financial Group 25.19% 16.26% 1.82%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for National Australia Bank and Meta Financial Group, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
National Australia Bank 0 2 0 0 2.00
Meta Financial Group 0 0 3 1 3.25

Meta Financial Group has a consensus price target of $56.50, suggesting a potential upside of 12.24%. Given Meta Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Meta Financial Group is more favorable than National Australia Bank.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares National Australia Bank and Meta Financial Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
National Australia Bank $18.94 billion 3.59 $1.74 billion $0.38 27.21
Meta Financial Group $532.64 million 3.02 $104.72 million $2.43 20.72

National Australia Bank has higher revenue and earnings than Meta Financial Group. Meta Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than National Australia Bank, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Risk and Volatility

National Australia Bank has a beta of 1.08, indicating that its stock price is 8% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meta Financial Group has a beta of 0.92, indicating that its stock price is 8% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

National Australia Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Meta Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.4%. National Australia Bank pays out 113.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future. Meta Financial Group pays out 8.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Meta Financial Group has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Summary

Meta Financial Group beats National Australia Bank on 12 of the 18 factors compared between the two stocks.

National Australia Bank Company Profile

National Australia Bank Ltd. engages in the provision of banking and financial services. Its services include banking, credit and access card facilities, leasing, housing and general finance, international banking, investment banking, wealth management, funds management and custodian, trustee and nominee services. The company operates through five segments: Consumer Banking & Wealth, Business & Private Banking, Corporate & Institutional Banking, NZ Banking, and Corporate Functions & Other. The Consumer Banking & Wealth segment provides customers with access to independent advisers, including mortgage brokers and the financial planning network of self-employed, aligned and salaried advisers in Australia. The Business & Private Banking focuses on serving customers through NAB Business franchise and specialist services in key segments. The Corporate & Institutional Banking segment provides lending and transactional products and services related to financial and debt capital market, custody and alternative investments. The NZ Banking segment comprises of retail, business, agribusiness, corporate and institutional, and insurance franchises in New Zealand that operates under the Bank of

Meta Financial Group Company Profile

Meta Financial Group, Inc. operates as a financial holding company, which provides savings and loan services. The firm operates through the following business segments: Consumer, Commercial, and Corporate Services & Other. The Consumer segment provides meta payment systems (MPS), consumer credit products, warehouse finance and other tax services. The Commercial segment includes crestmark and AFS divisions. The Corporate Services & Other segment consists of certain shared services, treasury, retained community bank portfolio and student loan lending portfolio. The company was founded on June 14, 1993 and is headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD.

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