Head-To-Head Comparison: The First Bancshares (FBMS) and Its Rivals

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The First Bancshares (NASDAQ: FBMS) is one of 322 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare The First Bancshares to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, earnings, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares The First Bancshares and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
The First Bancshares $55.85 million $10.11 million 26.96
The First Bancshares Competitors $5.56 billion $830.46 million 366.02

The First Bancshares’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than The First Bancshares. The First Bancshares is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for The First Bancshares and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
The First Bancshares 0 0 1 0 3.00
The First Bancshares Competitors 1826 7703 8039 316 2.38

The First Bancshares currently has a consensus price target of $32.00, indicating a potential upside of 3.23%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential upside of 2.07%. Given The First Bancshares’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe The First Bancshares is more favorable than its rivals.

Profitability

This table compares The First Bancshares and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
The First Bancshares 14.14% 9.32% 0.91%
The First Bancshares Competitors 18.98% 8.83% 0.94%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

48.6% of The First Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.3% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.8% of The First Bancshares shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

The First Bancshares has a beta of -0.29, indicating that its stock price is 129% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, The First Bancshares’ rivals have a beta of 0.81, indicating that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

The First Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.15 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.5%. The First Bancshares pays out 13.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 34.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

The First Bancshares rivals beat The First Bancshares on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

The First Bancshares Company Profile

The First Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (the Bank). The Company and the Bank engage in a general commercial and retail banking business for small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals. The Bank provides a range of banking services in its primary market area of South Mississippi, South Alabama and Louisiana. The Bank offers a range of commercial and personal loans. Commercial loans include both secured and unsecured loans for working capital (including loans secured by inventory and accounts receivable), business expansion (including acquisition of real estate and improvements), and purchase of equipment and machinery. The Bank offers a range of deposit services, including noninterest-bearing accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts and time deposits.




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