First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB) vs. Its Rivals Critical Analysis

First Northwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FNWB) is one of 35 publicly-traded companies in the “Savings institutions, except federal” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare First Northwest Bancorp to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, valuation and earnings.

Risk & Volatility

First Northwest Bancorp has a beta of 1.01, suggesting that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Northwest Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

51.6% of First Northwest Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.3% of shares of all “Savings institutions, except federal” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.6% of First Northwest Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Savings institutions, except federal” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

First Northwest Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. First Northwest Bancorp pays out 21.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Savings institutions, except federal” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.3% and pay out 28.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. First Northwest Bancorp has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Northwest Bancorp 18.63% 7.38% 0.81%
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors 23.77% 9.57% 1.02%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for First Northwest Bancorp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Northwest Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors 111 422 247 15 2.21

First Northwest Bancorp presently has a consensus target price of $20.00, suggesting a potential upside of 13.70%. As a group, “Savings institutions, except federal” companies have a potential downside of 7.60%. Given First Northwest Bancorp’s higher possible upside, research analysts clearly believe First Northwest Bancorp is more favorable than its peers.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Northwest Bancorp $67.53 million $10.34 million 15.99
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors $151.44 million $16.22 million 19.81

First Northwest Bancorp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than First Northwest Bancorp. First Northwest 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.

Summary

First Northwest Bancorp peers beat First Northwest Bancorp on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About First Northwest Bancorp

First Northwest Bancorp (Washington) is a bank holding company. It engages in the provision of commercial, mortgage, and lending activities and investment. Its offerings include saving account, certificate of deposits, money market, credit card, fixed rate loans, mortgages, mutual funds, insurances and education savings account. The company was founded on August 14, 2012 and is headquartered in Port Angeles, WA.

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