Head-To-Head Survey: MB Financial (MBFI) & 1st Century Bancshares (FCTY)

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

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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


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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for MB Financial and 1st Century Bancshares, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

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

MB Financial currently has a consensus target price of $49.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.18%.


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

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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
MB Financial $932.08 million 4.27 $174.13 million $2.34 20.29
1st Century Bancshares N/A N/A N/A $0.25 N/A

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.


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

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.

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.

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