WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WSFS) and First Bank (NASDAQ:FRBA) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

78.4% of WSFS Financial Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 43.3% of First Bank shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of WSFS Financial Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares WSFS Financial Corporation and First Bank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WSFS Financial Corporation 19.96% 10.44% 1.08%
First Bank 17.19% N/A N/A

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for WSFS Financial Corporation and First Bank, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WSFS Financial Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
First Bank 0 0 1 0 3.00

WSFS Financial Corporation presently has a consensus target price of $51.33, indicating a potential upside of 5.30%. First Bank has a consensus target price of $14.00, indicating a potential upside of 5.26%. Given WSFS Financial Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe WSFS Financial Corporation is more favorable than First Bank.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WSFS Financial Corporation and First Bank’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WSFS Financial Corporation $307.38 million 4.98 $69.12 million $2.20 22.16
First Bank $31.35 million 6.37 $9.61 million $0.64 20.78

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

Dividends

WSFS Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. First Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.08 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. WSFS Financial Corporation pays out 12.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. First Bank pays out 12.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. First Bank is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Risk and Volatility

WSFS Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Bank has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its share price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

WSFS Financial Corporation beats First Bank on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About WSFS Financial Corporation

WSFS Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s subsidiary is Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB (WSFS Bank or the Bank), which is the bank and trust company. It operates in three segments: WSFS Bank, Cash Connect and Wealth Management. The WSFS Bank segment provides loans and other financial products to commercial and retail customers. Its Cash Connect segment provides automated teller machine (ATM) services through strategic partnerships with several of the network, manufacturers and service providers in the ATM industry. The Wealth Management segment provides a range of fiduciary, investment management, credit and deposit products to clients. Its banking business is commercial lending funded by customer-generated deposits. It also offers a range of consumer loan products, retail securities and insurance brokerage services. Its subsidiaries include WSFS Wealth Investments, 1832 Holdings, Inc., Monarch and West Capital Management.

About First Bank

First Bank is a commercial bank. The Company provides a range of lending, deposit and other financial products and services. It operates through Community Banking segment, which is engaged in providing a range of commercial and retail and related banking services. It offers a range of lending products to meet the needs of its customers located within its market areas, including commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans (including owner-occupied, investor, and multi-family loans), residential real estate loans, and consumer and other loans. It offers a range of deposit instruments, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit. It operates 14 branches located in Cranbury, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Lawrence, Somerset, Randolph and Williamstown, New Jersey, and Trevose, Doylestown, Warminster, Bensalem and Levittown in Bucks County.

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