Analyzing Provident Financial (FPLPY) and Its Peers

Provident Financial (OTCMKTS: FPLPY) is one of 16 publicly-traded companies in the “Personal credit institutions” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Provident Financial to similar companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation and institutional ownership.

Volatility and Risk

Provident Financial has a beta of 1.63, suggesting that its stock price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Provident Financial’s competitors have a beta of 1.37, suggesting that their average stock price is 37% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Provident Financial and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Provident Financial 1 1 1 0 2.00
Provident Financial Competitors 195 876 1095 66 2.46

As a group, “Personal credit institutions” companies have a potential downside of 22.60%. Given Provident Financial’s competitors stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Provident Financial has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Profitability

This table compares Provident Financial and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Provident Financial N/A N/A N/A
Provident Financial Competitors 23.95% 40.82% 4.05%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Provident Financial and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Provident Financial $1.04 billion -$107.09 million -28.57
Provident Financial Competitors $2.39 billion $311.18 million 13.48

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

Insider and Institutional Ownership

63.3% of shares of all “Personal credit institutions” companies are held by institutional investors. 17.7% of shares of all “Personal credit institutions” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Provident Financial competitors beat Provident Financial on 12 of the 13 factors compared.

Provident Financial Company Profile

Provident Financial Plc engages in the business of supplying personal credit products. It operates through four segments: Vanquis Bank, Consumer Credit Division, Moneybarn and Central. The Vanquis Bank segment issues credit cards to people who are often declined by mainstream card providers. The Consumer Credit division segment offers home credit loans; online lending; and operates as loan guarantor. The Moneybarn segment includes non-standard vehicle finance. The company was founded by Joshua Kelley Waddilove in 1880 and is headquartered in Bradford, United Kingdom.

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