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First Financial Bancorp. (FFBC) Competitors

$23.50
+0.16 (+0.69%)
(As of 07/12/2024 ET)

FFBC vs. FRME, FMBI, WAFD, TRMK, NWBI, WBS, CBSH, WAL, ZION, and BPOP

Should you be buying First Financial Bancorp. stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of First Financial Bancorp. include First Merchants (FRME), First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI), WaFd (WAFD), Trustmark (TRMK), Northwest Bancshares (NWBI), Webster Financial (WBS), Commerce Bancshares (CBSH), Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL), Zions Bancorporation, National Association (ZION), and Popular (BPOP). These companies are all part of the "finance" sector.

First Financial Bancorp. vs.

First Merchants (NASDAQ:FRME) and First Financial Bancorp. (NASDAQ:FFBC) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends, community ranking, media sentiment and valuation.

First Merchants has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Financial Bancorp. has a beta of 1.01, indicating that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500.

First Financial Bancorp. has lower revenue, but higher earnings than First Merchants. First Financial Bancorp. is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Merchants, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
First Merchants$999.49M2.07$223.79M$3.4710.20
First Financial Bancorp.$820.58M2.73$255.86M$2.489.48

First Financial Bancorp. has a net margin of 20.74% compared to First Financial Bancorp.'s net margin of 20.15%. First Merchants' return on equity of 11.22% beat First Financial Bancorp.'s return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Merchants20.15% 10.21% 1.21%
First Financial Bancorp. 20.74%11.22%1.43%

73.9% of First Merchants shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.2% of First Financial Bancorp. shares are owned by institutional investors. 1.3% of First Merchants shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 2.0% of First Financial Bancorp. shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

First Merchants pays an annual dividend of $1.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. First Financial Bancorp. pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. First Merchants pays out 40.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. First Financial Bancorp. pays out 37.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. First Merchants has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years. First Merchants is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

First Merchants received 80 more outperform votes than First Financial Bancorp. when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 59.73% of users gave First Merchants an outperform vote while only 46.59% of users gave First Financial Bancorp. an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
First MerchantsOutperform Votes
353
59.73%
Underperform Votes
238
40.27%
First Financial Bancorp.Outperform Votes
273
46.59%
Underperform Votes
313
53.41%

In the previous week, First Merchants had 2 more articles in the media than First Financial Bancorp.. MarketBeat recorded 5 mentions for First Merchants and 3 mentions for First Financial Bancorp.. First Merchants' average media sentiment score of 1.61 beat First Financial Bancorp.'s score of 0.91 indicating that First Financial Bancorp. is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
First Merchants
2 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
0 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
First Financial Bancorp.
1 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
0 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Very Positive

First Merchants currently has a consensus target price of $41.25, suggesting a potential upside of 16.56%. First Financial Bancorp. has a consensus target price of $24.67, suggesting a potential upside of 4.96%. Given First Financial Bancorp.'s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe First Merchants is more favorable than First Financial Bancorp..

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Merchants
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
2 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
3.00
First Financial Bancorp.
0 Sell rating(s)
2 Hold rating(s)
1 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.33

Summary

First Merchants beats First Financial Bancorp. on 12 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding FFBC and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NASDAQ and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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FFBC vs. The Competition

MetricFirst Financial Bancorp.National commercial banks IndustryFinance SectorNASDAQ Exchange
Market Cap$2.24B$19.97B$10.31B$8.73B
Dividend Yield3.94%3.78%9.86%4.04%
P/E Ratio9.4810.3743.0415.99
Price / Sales2.731.96113.8083.83
Price / Cash7.439.1415.8533.15
Price / Book0.991.112.454.46
Net Income$255.86M$2.34B$1.01B$215.59M
7 Day Performance8.29%5.26%3.36%5.35%
1 Month Performance12.44%8.14%4.50%4.39%
1 Year Performance7.31%15.16%13.70%1.77%

First Financial Bancorp. Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
FRME
First Merchants
4.8806 of 5 stars
4.88 / 5 stars
$35.39
+0.0%
$41.25
+16.6%
+18.9%$2.07B$999.49M10.202,162Short Interest ↑
News Coverage
FMBI
First Midwest Bancorp
0 of 5 stars
0.00 / 5 stars
$21.51
flat
N/A+0.0%$2.46B$789.56M13.442,074Analyst Forecast
WAFD
WaFd
4.1665 of 5 stars
4.17 / 5 stars
$30.38
+0.2%
$33.25
+9.4%
+9.4%$2.47B$699.89M11.552,120Short Interest ↑
News Coverage
Positive News
TRMK
Trustmark
1.5748 of 5 stars
1.57 / 5 stars
$31.53
+0.5%
$32.50
+3.1%
+40.0%$1.92B$658.01M12.272,757News Coverage
NWBI
Northwest Bancshares
2.3005 of 5 stars
2.30 / 5 stars
$12.24
+0.2%
$11.00
-10.1%
+9.8%$1.56B$701.74M11.882,165News Coverage
WBS
Webster Financial
4.9991 of 5 stars
5.00 / 5 stars
$46.73
+0.4%
$55.50
+18.8%
+12.0%$8.01B$3.94B9.584,261Analyst Forecast
Short Interest ↓
News Coverage
CBSH
Commerce Bancshares
4.281 of 5 stars
4.28 / 5 stars
$58.13
+1.1%
$56.71
-2.4%
+16.3%$7.53B$1.95B16.214,590Upcoming Earnings
Short Interest ↓
News Coverage
WAL
Western Alliance Bancorporation
4.9565 of 5 stars
4.96 / 5 stars
$67.31
+0.5%
$75.29
+11.8%
+65.3%$7.38B$2.26B9.813,260Upcoming Earnings
Analyst Forecast
News Coverage
ZION
Zions Bancorporation, National Association
3.672 of 5 stars
3.67 / 5 stars
$47.23
-0.4%
$43.88
-7.1%
+47.6%$6.97B$4.62B11.879,990Analyst Forecast
News Coverage
Positive News
BPOP
Popular
4.9164 of 5 stars
4.92 / 5 stars
$93.09
+0.1%
$99.67
+7.1%
+45.4%$6.73B$3.90B13.819,237Short Interest ↓
Positive News

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This page (NASDAQ:FFBC) was last updated on 7/14/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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