Comparing Meta Financial Group (CASH) and its Competitors
Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ: CASH) is one of 26 public companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Meta Financial Group to similar businesses based off the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, risk and profitability.
Meta Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Meta Financial Group pays out 9.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Meta Financial Group and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Meta Financial Group||0||1||1||0||2.50|
|Meta Financial Group Competitors||157||554||512||23||2.32|
Meta Financial Group currently has a consensus price target of $108.00, indicating a potential upside of 61.92%. All “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 27.86%. Given Meta Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Meta Financial Group is more favorable than its peers.
Institutional & Insider Ownership
74.2% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 6.1% of Meta Financial Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Risk & Volatility
Meta Financial Group has a beta of 0.88, indicating that its share price is 12% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Meta Financial Group’s peers have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.
This table compares Meta Financial Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Meta Financial Group||18.74%||16.60%||1.58%|
|Meta Financial Group Competitors||14.79%||-27.41%||0.87%|
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares Meta Financial Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||EBITDA||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Meta Financial Group||$238.92 million||N/A||12.58|
|Meta Financial Group Competitors||$678.45 million||$169.32 million||11.44|
Meta Financial Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Meta Financial Group. Meta Financial Group is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently the more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Meta Financial Group beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.
Meta Financial Group Company Profile
Meta Financial Group, Inc. is a unitary savings and loan holding company. The Company operates through its banking subsidiary, MetaBank (the Bank). Its segments include Payments, Banking, and Corporate Services/Other. MetaBank is both a community-oriented financial institution offering a range of financial services to meet the needs of the communities it serves and a payments company providing services on a nationwide basis. It operates in both the banking and payments industries through MetaBank, its retail banking operation; Meta Payment Systems (MPS), its electronic payments division; AFS/IBEX Financial Services Inc. (AFS/IBEX), its insurance premium financing division, and Refund Advantage, EPS Financial, LLC (EPS) Financial and Specialty Consumer Services, its tax-related financial solutions divisions.
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