First Community Financial Partners (NASDAQ: FCFP) and Equity BancShares (NASDAQ:EQBK) are both banks – nec companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

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18.0% of First Community Financial Partners shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of Equity BancShares shares are held by institutional investors. 24.6% of First Community Financial Partners shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 14.9% of Equity BancShares shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

This table compares First Community Financial Partners and Equity BancShares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Community Financial Partners 29.40% 11.65% 1.05%
Equity BancShares 17.48% 8.87% 1.05%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares First Community Financial Partners and Equity BancShares’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Community Financial Partners N/A N/A N/A $0.70 18.43
Equity BancShares $118.13 million 4.45 $20.65 million $1.63 22.11

Equity BancShares has higher revenue and earnings than First Community Financial Partners. First Community Financial Partners is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Equity BancShares, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for First Community Financial Partners and Equity BancShares, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Community Financial Partners 0 1 0 0 2.00
Equity BancShares 0 1 3 0 2.75

Equity BancShares has a consensus target price of $33.00, indicating a potential downside of 8.44%. Given Equity BancShares’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Equity BancShares is more favorable than First Community Financial Partners.

Summary

Equity BancShares beats First Community Financial Partners on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

About First Community Financial Partners

First Community Financial Partners, Inc. (First Community) is a bank holding company. The Company has a banking subsidiary, First Community Financial Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service community bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers customers a range of loan, deposit, and other financial products and services. The Bank also offers customers a range of financial products and services that are related or ancillary to loans and deposits, including cash management, funds transfers, bill payment and other online banking transactions, automated teller machines and safe deposit boxes. The Bank’s loan portfolio consists primarily of non-residential real estate loans, which include owner occupied commercial real estate and investor commercial real estate, multi-family, construction and land development loans.

About Equity BancShares

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company’s principal activity is the ownership and management of its subsidiary, Equity Bank (the Bank). The Bank provides a range of financial services primarily to businesses and business owners, as well as individuals through its network of over 30 branches located in Kansas and Missouri. The Company’s operations involve the delivery of loan and deposit products to its customers. The Company offers commercial banking products and other services, including lending activities, deposit products, and other products and services. It offers a suite of online banking solutions, including access to account balances, online transfers, online bill payment, and electronic delivery of customer statements and mobile banking solutions. In addition, the Company offers commercial treasury management services, wire transfer, automated clearing house (ACH) services and cash management deposit products.

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