Guaranty Bancshares (NASDAQ: GNTY) and Middleburg Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MBRG) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, risk, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Guaranty Bancshares and Middleburg Financial Corp., as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Guaranty Bancshares 0 2 0 0 2.00
Middleburg Financial Corp. 0 0 0 0 N/A

Guaranty Bancshares currently has a consensus target price of $34.00, suggesting a potential upside of 17.24%. Given Guaranty Bancshares’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Guaranty Bancshares is more favorable than Middleburg Financial Corp..

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Guaranty Bancshares and Middleburg Financial Corp.’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Guaranty Bancshares $77.72 million 4.13 $12.12 million N/A N/A
Middleburg Financial Corp. N/A N/A N/A $1.13 35.43

Guaranty Bancshares has higher revenue and earnings than Middleburg Financial Corp..

Dividends

Guaranty Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. 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.

Risk & Volatility

Guaranty Bancshares has a beta of -0.01, indicating that its stock price is 101% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Middleburg Financial Corp. has a beta of 0.55, indicating that its stock price is 45% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

20.1% of Guaranty Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 29.1% of Middleburg Financial Corp. shares are held by institutional investors. 34.1% of Guaranty Bancshares shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.1% of Middleburg Financial Corp. shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Guaranty Bancshares and Middleburg Financial Corp.’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Guaranty Bancshares N/A N/A N/A
Middleburg Financial Corp. 8.07% 3.43% 0.34%

Guaranty Bancshares Company Profile

Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Guaranty Bank & Trust (Guaranty). Guaranty offers various solutions, such as personal banking, business banking, mortgage and wealth management. Its personal banking solutions include checking accounts, which include compare accounts, green checking, student checking, choice checking, guaranty interest checking, order checks and debit cards; savings accounts, which include regular savings, premier money market, certificate of deposit, individual retirement account (IRA) options and health savings account, and online banking, which includes money desktop and e-statements. Guaranty offers various loans, including line of credit, small business administration loans and real estate loans. Guaranty also offers mobile banking solutions, mortgage warehouse lending solutions and treasury management solutions. It has approximately 30 bank locations in over 20 Texas communities.

Middleburg Financial Corp. Company Profile

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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