First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FDEF) is one of 326 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare First Defiance Financial Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and valuation.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

63.9% of First Defiance Financial Corp. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of First Defiance Financial Corp. shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies 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.

Volatility and Risk

First Defiance Financial Corp. has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Defiance Financial Corp.’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, indicating that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Defiance Financial Corp. and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
First Defiance Financial Corp. $121.81 million N/A 18.02
First Defiance Financial Corp. Competitors N/A N/A 18.50

First Defiance Financial Corp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares First Defiance Financial Corp. and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Defiance Financial Corp. 20.85% 9.35% 1.13%
First Defiance Financial Corp. Competitors 18.75% 8.81% 0.94%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for First Defiance Financial Corp. and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Defiance Financial Corp. 0 1 1 0 2.50
First Defiance Financial Corp. Competitors 2628 8994 8544 393 2.33

First Defiance Financial Corp. presently has a consensus target price of $54.50, suggesting a potential upside of 2.55%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 4.47%. Given First Defiance Financial Corp.’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe First Defiance Financial Corp. is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

First Defiance Financial Corp. pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. First Defiance Financial Corp. pays out 33.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 36.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

First Defiance Financial Corp. beats its rivals on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About First Defiance Financial Corp.

First Defiance Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc. (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc. (First Defiance Risk Management). First Federal is a federally chartered stock savings bank. First Federal’s banking activities include originating and servicing residential, commercial, and consumer loans, and providing a range of depository, trust and wealth management services. First Insurance offers property and casualty, and group health and life insurance products. First Defiance Risk Management is an insurance company subsidiary of the Company to insure the Company and its subsidiaries against certain risks to the operations of the Company.

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