Reviewing Metro Bancorp (METR) & Its Rivals

Metro Bancorp (NASDAQ: METR) is one of 201 public companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Metro Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its valuation, profitability, earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Metro Bancorp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Metro Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Metro Bancorp Competitors 433 3068 2464 82 2.36

As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.53%. Given Metro Bancorp’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Metro Bancorp has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Metro Bancorp and its peers revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Metro Bancorp N/A N/A 20.14
Metro Bancorp Competitors $338.81 million $71.86 million 22.12

Metro Bancorp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Metro Bancorp. Metro Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

46.9% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Metro Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.0%. Metro Bancorp pays out 20.0% 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 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

This table compares Metro Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Metro Bancorp 16.68% 7.88% 0.75%
Metro Bancorp Competitors 20.60% 8.71% 0.93%

Summary

Metro Bancorp peers beat Metro Bancorp on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About Metro Bancorp

Metro Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company provides full banking services through its subsidiary, Metro Bank (the Bank), which is a state-chartered bank. The Bank offers its lending and depository services from its main store in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, and its around 33 other full-service stores located in Cumberland, Dauphin, York, Berks, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties, Pennsylvania. The Bank provides retail and commercial banking services for consumers and small and mid-sized companies. The Bank’s lending and investment activities are funded principally by retail deposits gathered through its retail store office network. The Bank provides a range of retail banking services and products, including free personal checking accounts and business checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, interest checking accounts, fixed rate certificates of deposit (CDs), individual retirement accounts, club accounts, and debit card services, among others.

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