Equitable Financial (NASDAQ:EQFN) and SI Financial Group (NASDAQ:SIFI) 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, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, dividends and earnings.
SI Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Equitable Financial does not pay a dividend. SI Financial Group has raised its dividend for 3 consecutive years.
This table compares Equitable Financial and SI Financial Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|SI Financial Group||14.91%||6.77%||0.71%|
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares Equitable Financial and SI Financial Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SI Financial Group||$69.41 million||2.51||$9.56 million||N/A||N/A|
SI Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Equitable Financial.
This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Equitable Financial and SI Financial Group, as reported by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|SI Financial Group||0||0||0||0||N/A|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
24.9% of Equitable Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 61.2% of SI Financial Group shares are held by institutional investors. 11.3% of Equitable Financial shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.7% of SI Financial Group shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
SI Financial Group beats Equitable Financial on 7 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.
About Equitable Financial
Equitable Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Equitable Bank that provides various banking products and services in Nebraska, the United States. It offers deposit products, including checking, savings, and money market deposit accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company's lending products include commercial lines of credit and term loans, commercial real estate loans, agricultural operating loans, agricultural real estate loans, and one-to four-family residential real estate loans, as well as home equity loans, construction and land loans, and consumer loans. It also offers retail brokerage services under the Equitable Wealth Management name; and invests in securities. Equitable Financial Corp. operates through its main office in Grand Island, Nebraska; one full-service branch in each of Grand Island, North Platte, and Omaha, Nebraska; and one additional limited service branch in Grand Island. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska. Equitable Financial Corp. is a subsidiary of Equitable Financial MHC.
About SI Financial Group
SI Financial Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company that provides various financial services to consumers and businesses. Its deposit products include noninterest-bearing demand accounts, such as checking accounts; and interest-bearing accounts, including NOW and money market accounts, regular savings accounts, and certificates of deposit. The company also provides one- to four-family residential mortgage, multi-family and commercial real estate, construction and land, commercial business, and consumer loans. In addition, it offers trust services, which include fiduciary, investment management, and retirement services to individuals, partnerships, corporations, and institutions; and life insurance products and annuities. The company operates 23 full-service offices throughout Windham, New London, Tolland, Hartford, and Middlesex counties in Connecticut, as well as Newport and Washington counties in Rhode Island. SI Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1842 and is headquartered in Willimantic, Connecticut.
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