1st Century Bancshares (NASDAQ: FCTY) and MB Financial (NASDAQ:MBFI) are both financials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

This table compares 1st Century Bancshares and MB Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
1st Century Bancshares 3.91% 1.67% 0.15%
MB Financial 20.21% 8.40% 1.08%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for 1st Century Bancshares and MB Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
1st Century Bancshares 0 0 0 0 N/A
MB Financial 0 5 2 0 2.29

MB Financial has a consensus target price of $49.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.34%.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

76.5% of MB Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. 7.1% of MB Financial shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

MB Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.8%. 1st Century Bancshares does not pay a dividend. MB Financial pays out 35.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares 1st Century Bancshares and MB Financial’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
1st Century Bancshares N/A N/A N/A $0.25 N/A
MB Financial $932.08 million 4.23 $174.13 million $2.34 20.07

MB Financial has higher revenue and earnings than 1st Century Bancshares. 1st Century Bancshares is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than MB Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Summary

MB Financial beats 1st Century Bancshares on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

1st Century Bancshares Company Profile

1st Century Bancshares, Inc. is the bank holding company for 1st Century Bank, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full service commercial bank. The Bank’s primary focus is relationship banking to family and middle market businesses, professional service firms, and high net worth individuals, real estate investors and entrepreneurs. It offers various loan products, including business and personal lines of credit and term loans; tenant improvement and equipment financing; bridge and specific purpose loans; commercial, industrial, multi-family residential real estate lending; personal home equity loans and lines of credit, and credit cards for business and personal use. Its deposit products include business checking, money market and certificates of deposit; personal checking, money market and certificates of deposits; attorney-client trust accounts, trust accounts, and cash management. Its loan and deposit activities are based in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

MB Financial Company Profile

MB Financial, Inc. (MB Financial) is a financial holding company. The Company’s segments include banking, leasing and mortgage banking. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s primary market was the Chicago metropolitan area, in which the Company operated 95 banking offices through its bank subsidiary, MB Financial Bank, N.A. (MB Financial Bank). Through MB Financial Bank, the Company offers a range of financial services to small and middle market businesses, and individuals in the markets that the Company serves. MB Financial Bank’s subsidiaries include LaSalle Systems Leasing, Inc. (LaSalle), Celtic Leasing Corp. (Celtic) and MB Equipment Finance, LLC, (MB Equipment Finance). MB Financial Bank also has a majority owned subsidiary with operating activities, Cedar Hill Associates, LLC (Cedar Hill). The Company operates four primary lines of business within its banking segment: commercial banking, lease banking, retail banking and wealth management.

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