Contrasting ServisFirst Bancshares (SFBS) and Bridge Capital Holdings (BBNK)

ServisFirst Bancshares (NASDAQ: SFBS) and Bridge Capital Holdings (NASDAQ:BBNK) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, risk and earnings.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares ServisFirst Bancshares and Bridge Capital Holdings’ top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
ServisFirst Bancshares $205.40 million 8.63 $87.87 million $1.66 20.17
Bridge Capital Holdings N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

ServisFirst Bancshares has higher revenue and earnings than Bridge Capital Holdings.

Dividends

ServisFirst Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. Bridge Capital Holdings does not pay a dividend. ServisFirst Bancshares pays out 12.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

43.5% of ServisFirst Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. 14.0% of ServisFirst Bancshares shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares ServisFirst Bancshares and Bridge Capital Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
ServisFirst Bancshares 35.15% 16.67% 1.43%
Bridge Capital Holdings 16.16% 8.27% 0.85%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for ServisFirst Bancshares and Bridge Capital Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
ServisFirst Bancshares 0 3 0 0 2.00
Bridge Capital Holdings 0 0 0 0 N/A

ServisFirst Bancshares currently has a consensus price target of $39.33, suggesting a potential upside of 17.45%. Given ServisFirst Bancshares’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe ServisFirst Bancshares is more favorable than Bridge Capital Holdings.

Summary

ServisFirst Bancshares beats Bridge Capital Holdings on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About ServisFirst Bancshares

ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company whose business is conducted by its subsidiary, ServisFirst Bank (the Bank). The Company’s principal business is to accept deposits from the public and to make loans and other investments. The Company, through its bank, originates commercial, consumer and other loans; accept deposits; provides electronic banking services, such as online and mobile banking, including remote deposit capture, deliver treasury and cash management services, and provides correspondent banking services to other financial institutions. The Company’s principal sources of funds for loans and investments are demand, time, savings and other deposits and the amortization and prepayment of loans and borrowings. The Company offers a range of products and services, including round the clock telephone banking, direct deposit, Internet banking, mobile banking, traveler’s checks, safe deposit boxes, attorney trust accounts and automatic account transfers.

About Bridge Capital Holdings

Bridge Capital Holdings is the bank holding company for Bridge Bank, National Association (the Bank). The Bank’s lending solutions include working capital lines of credit, structured finance (asset-based lending and factoring), 7(a) and 504 Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, commercial real estate loans, sustainable energy project financing, growth capital loans, equipment financing, letters of credit and commercial credit cards. The Bank’s depository and corporate banking services include cash and treasury management solutions, interest-bearing term deposit accounts, checking accounts, Automated Clearing House (ACH) payment and wire solutions, fraud protection, remote deposit capture, courier services and online banking. The Bank’s international banking services include foreign exchange (FX payments and hedging), letters of credit, and import and export financing. The Bank provides banking services to businesses located across the San Francisco Bay Area.

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