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Investar (ISTR) Competitors

$16.01
-0.06 (-0.37%)
(As of 05/22/2024 ET)

ISTR vs. PEBK, CWBC, OPBK, PWOD, MYFW, CFFI, CALB, FINW, MBCN, and BWFG

Should you be buying Investar stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Investar include Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (PEBK), Community West Bancshares (CWBC), OP Bancorp (OPBK), Penns Woods Bancorp (PWOD), First Western Financial (MYFW), C&F Financial (CFFI), California BanCorp (CALB), FinWise Bancorp (FINW), Middlefield Banc (MBCN), and Bankwell Financial Group (BWFG). These companies are all part of the "state commercial banks" industry.

Investar vs.

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina (NASDAQ:PEBK) and Investar (NASDAQ:ISTR) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, valuation, community ranking and media sentiment.

Investar received 64 more outperform votes than Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina when rated by MarketBeat users. However, 66.81% of users gave Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina an outperform vote while only 60.22% of users gave Investar an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Peoples Bancorp of North CarolinaOutperform Votes
151
66.81%
Underperform Votes
75
33.19%
InvestarOutperform Votes
215
60.22%
Underperform Votes
142
39.78%

In the previous week, Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina had 1 more articles in the media than Investar. MarketBeat recorded 5 mentions for Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina and 4 mentions for Investar. Investar's average media sentiment score of 0.62 beat Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina's score of 0.30 indicating that Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina is being referred to more favorably in the media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina
2 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
1 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive
Investar
1 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
2 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral

43.8% of Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 50.2% of Investar shares are held by institutional investors. 17.4% of Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Investar shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Investar has a consensus target price of $16.08, suggesting a potential upside of 0.46%. Given Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina's higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Investar is more favorable than Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
0 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
N/A
Investar
0 Sell rating(s)
1 Hold rating(s)
2 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.67

Investar has higher revenue and earnings than Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina. Investar is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina$94.78M1.67$15.55M$2.9310.19
Investar$139.74M1.13$16.68M$1.798.94

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina pays an annual dividend of $0.76 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Investar pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina pays out 25.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Investar pays out 22.3% 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. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina has raised its dividend for 11 consecutive years and Investar has raised its dividend for 9 consecutive years. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina has a beta of 0.6, meaning that its stock price is 40% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Investar has a beta of 0.75, meaning that its stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina has a net margin of 16.29% compared to Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina's net margin of 12.02%. Investar's return on equity of 14.14% beat Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina16.29% 14.14% 1.00%
Investar 12.02%8.17%0.65%

Summary

Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina beats Investar on 12 of the 20 factors compared between the two stocks.

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Media Sentiment Over Time

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ISTR vs. The Competition

MetricInvestarState commercial banks IndustryFinance SectorNASDAQ Exchange
Market Cap$157.38M$2.37B$9.46B$8.01B
Dividend Yield2.49%4.24%10.38%3.91%
P/E Ratio8.9412.2856.6218.63
Price / Sales1.132.023,615.3593.56
Price / Cash7.018.6616.1832.25
Price / Book0.691.023.244.62
Net Income$16.68M$418.75M$1.02B$214.11M
7 Day Performance-1.42%-0.03%-0.01%0.10%
1 Month Performance-0.56%3.37%2.84%5.05%
1 Year Performance39.10%32.17%16.98%8.41%

Investar Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
PEBK
Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina
3.2997 of 5 stars
$30.69
-0.2%
N/A+72.0%$162.38M$69.74M10.47277Dividend Announcement
High Trading Volume
CWBC
Community West Bancshares
4.0265 of 5 stars
$17.13
-0.1%
$20.33
+18.7%
+62.9%$152.63M$109.44M9.06134
OPBK
OP Bancorp
0 of 5 stars
$9.75
-0.6%
N/A+22.9%$145.82M$80.25M6.96221
PWOD
Penns Woods Bancorp
1.2872 of 5 stars
$19.35
+0.9%
N/A-14.8%$145.32M$99.97M8.88308
MYFW
First Western Financial
2.4777 of 5 stars
$18.18
+1.5%
$19.00
+4.5%
+3.1%$174.89M$167.52M23.61310
CFFI
C&F Financial
2.4768 of 5 stars
$42.49
+0.8%
N/A-12.2%$142.77M$153.75M7.01594Positive News
CALB
California BanCorp
3.4981 of 5 stars
$21.69
+0.2%
$26.25
+21.0%
+55.7%$183.06M$114.08M9.15169
FINW
FinWise Bancorp
3.1619 of 5 stars
$10.58
-0.2%
$17.00
+60.7%
+34.1%$135.32M$85.61M8.20162
MBCN
Middlefield Banc
1.0048 of 5 stars
$22.91
+3.0%
$24.00
+4.8%
+2.4%$184.86M$70.47M11.18256Analyst Downgrade
News Coverage
Gap Down
BWFG
Bankwell Financial Group
3.8387 of 5 stars
$23.67
+0.6%
$34.00
+43.6%
+2.9%$185.85M$94.31M6.16126News Coverage

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This page (NASDAQ:ISTR) was last updated on 5/23/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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