GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) and BNP PARIBAS/S (OTCMKTS:BNPQY) are both finance companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S and BNP PARIBAS/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S 11.06% 9.49% 1.03%
BNP PARIBAS/S 17.70% 7.12% 0.34%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S and BNP PARIBAS/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S 0 2 1 0 2.33
BNP PARIBAS/S 0 1 0 0 2.00

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S currently has a consensus target price of $8.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.52%. Given GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S is more favorable than BNP PARIBAS/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

18.5% of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.9% of BNP PARIBAS/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 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.

Risk & Volatility

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S has a beta of 0.82, meaning that its share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BNP PARIBAS/S has a beta of 1.03, meaning that its share price is 3% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S and BNP PARIBAS/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S $7.02 billion 0.39 $657.60 million $0.60 13.13
BNP PARIBAS/S $50.21 billion 1.26 $8.89 billion $3.38 7.53

BNP PARIBAS/S has higher revenue and earnings than GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S. BNP PARIBAS/S is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S pays an annual dividend of $0.29 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.7%. BNP PARIBAS/S pays an annual dividend of $1.49 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S pays out 48.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. BNP PARIBAS/S pays out 44.1% 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. BNP PARIBAS/S is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Summary

BNP PARIBAS/S beats GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S on 8 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S Company Profile

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. provides a range of financial services and products to public and private sector customers in Colombia and Central America. The company's deposit products and services include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time deposits, as well as other deposits consisting of deposits from correspondent accounts, cashier checks, and collection services. It also provides loan products, such as commercial loans that comprise general purpose loans, working capital loans, loans funded by development banks, corporate credit cards, and overdraft loans; consumer loans comprising personal loans, automobile and other vehicle loans, credit cards, overdrafts, loans funded by development banks, and general purpose loans; microcredit loans; and mortgage loans. In addition, the company offers pension and severance fund management services; and trust, bonded warehousing and brokerage transactions, real estate escrow, merchandise and document storage and deposit, customs agency, cargo management, surety bond and merchandise distribution, bancassurance, and payment and collection services, as well as engages in deposit and lending operations in foreign currencies. Further, it is involved in merchant and investment banking activities; trading activities that include fixed income trading, and derivatives and foreign exchange operations, as well as the provision of treasury, pension plan administration, investment fund advice, financial advisory, leasing, private banking, and insurance services. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated through a network of 1,421 branches and 3,781 ATMs in Colombia; and 350 branches and 1,993 ATMs in Central America. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. was founded in 1994 and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

BNP PARIBAS/S Company Profile

BNP Paribas SA provides a range of banking and financial services in France and internationally. The company operates through two divisions, Retail Banking and Services; and Corporate and Institutional Banking. It offers long-term corporate vehicle leasing, and rental and other financing solutions; and digital banking and investment services, cash management, and factoring services to corporate clients, as well as wealth management services. The company also provides credit solutions for individuals under the Cetelem, Cofinoga, and Findomestic brand names; savings and protection solutions, including insuring individuals and their personal projects and assets; and asset management, private banking, and real estate services. In addition, it offers global market services, including investment, hedging, financing, and research across asset classes; security services comprising clearing, custody, and asset and fund services, as well as corporate trust, and market and financing services; and corporate trade and treasury, debt financing, specialized financing, strategic advisory, mergers and acquisition, and equity capital market services for institutional and corporate clients. The company was formerly known as Banque Nationale de Paris and changed its name to BNP Paribas SA in May 2000. BNP Paribas SA was founded in 1848 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

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