Middleburg Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: MBRG) is one of 206 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Middleburg Financial Corp. to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings and dividends.

Volatility and Risk

Middleburg Financial Corp. has a beta of 0.55, suggesting that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Middleburg Financial Corp.’s competitors have a beta of 0.73, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Middleburg Financial Corp. and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Middleburg Financial Corp. 8.07% 3.43% 0.34%
Middleburg Financial Corp. Competitors 19.80% 8.38% 0.88%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Middleburg Financial Corp. and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Middleburg Financial Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Middleburg Financial Corp. Competitors 853 3969 2880 115 2.29

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 0.64%. Given Middleburg Financial Corp.’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Middleburg Financial Corp. has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Middleburg Financial Corp. and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Middleburg Financial Corp. N/A N/A 34.26
Middleburg Financial Corp. Competitors N/A N/A 25.29

Middleburg Financial Corp. is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

29.1% of Middleburg Financial Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of Middleburg Financial Corp. shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Middleburg Financial Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Middleburg Financial Corp. pays out 46.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Middleburg Financial Corp. lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Summary

Middleburg Financial Corp. competitors beat Middleburg Financial Corp. on 9 of the 9 factors compared.

About Middleburg Financial Corp.

Middleburg Financial Corporation is a bank holding company. The Company conducts its primary operations through two subsidiaries, Middleburg Bank and Middleburg Investment Group, Inc. The Company has another subsidiary, MFC Capital Trust II. The Company’s segments are Commercial & Retail Banking, which includes loans, investment securities and deposit accounts; Wealth Management, including wealth management activities, and Mortgage Banking, which includes mortgage banking activities. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers a range of banking, fiduciary and investment management services to both individuals and small businesses. The Company’s business activities include commercial and retail banking services through Middleburg Bank, wealth management services through Middleburg Investment Group, Inc., and mortgage banking services. Other banking services available to its clients include Internet banking, travelers’ checks, safe deposit rentals, notary public and wire services.

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