Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL) is one of 208 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Sterling Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Sterling Bancorp and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Sterling Bancorp 0 1 8 0 2.89
Sterling Bancorp Competitors 857 4030 2897 116 2.29

Sterling Bancorp presently has a consensus price target of $27.64, suggesting a potential upside of 12.37%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential downside of 1.54%. Given Sterling Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Sterling Bancorp is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Sterling Bancorp has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Sterling Bancorp’s competitors have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average stock price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares Sterling Bancorp and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Sterling Bancorp 28.40% 8.62% 1.11%
Sterling Bancorp Competitors 19.78% 8.35% 0.88%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

90.9% of Sterling Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.6% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 3.7% of Sterling Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


Sterling Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Sterling Bancorp pays out 23.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.7% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Sterling Bancorp and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Sterling Bancorp $474.00 million N/A 20.50
Sterling Bancorp Competitors N/A N/A 25.69

Sterling Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


Sterling Bancorp beats its competitors on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

About Sterling Bancorp

Sterling Bancorp is a financial holding company. The Company is a bank holding company that owns the Sterling National Bank (the Bank). The Bank specializes in the delivery of services and solutions to business owners, their families and consumers within the communities it serves. The Bank offers a line of commercial, business, and consumer banking products and services. The Bank is engaged in the origination of commercial loans and commercial mortgage loans. The Company also originates residential mortgage loans and consumer loans. The Bank offers services in the New York Metro Market, which includes Manhattan and Long Island, and the New York Suburban Market, which consists of Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Putnam and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen County in New Jersey. Its deposit products include non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand deposits, savings, money market and certificate of deposits.

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