NORDEA Bk AB SW/S (OTCMKTS:NRDBY) and DNB ASA/S (OTCMKTS:DNHBY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, risk, valuation and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for NORDEA Bk AB SW/S and DNB ASA/S, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
NORDEA Bk AB SW/S 0 2 0 0 2.00
DNB ASA/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares NORDEA Bk AB SW/S and DNB ASA/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
NORDEA Bk AB SW/S $13.11 billion 2.00 $3.63 billion $0.90 7.19
DNB ASA/S $8.75 billion 3.27 $2.98 billion N/A N/A

NORDEA Bk AB SW/S has higher revenue and earnings than DNB ASA/S.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of NORDEA Bk AB SW/S shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of DNB ASA/S shares are held by institutional investors. 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.


NORDEA Bk AB SW/S pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 8.0%. DNB ASA/S pays an annual dividend of $0.78 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. NORDEA Bk AB SW/S pays out 57.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

NORDEA Bk AB SW/S has a beta of 0.86, meaning that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DNB ASA/S has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares NORDEA Bk AB SW/S and DNB ASA/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
NORDEA Bk AB SW/S 21.62% 6.71% 0.39%
DNB ASA/S 34.08% 11.23% 0.92%


DNB ASA/S beats NORDEA Bk AB SW/S on 8 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.


Nordea Bank Abp provides various banking products and services for personal customers, small and medium businesses, and corporates and financial institutions in Europe. It operates through Personal Banking, Commercial & Business Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Wealth Management segments. It offers personal banking products comprising corporate and household deposits; and household mortgage and consumer loans, as well as loans to corporates. The company also provides business banking services; transaction banking services consisting of cards, trade finance, cash management, and mobile- and ecommerce; and investment credits, working capital, and consumer credits. In addition, it offers a range of financing, cash management and payment services, investment banking, capital markets products, and securities services; manages customers' assets and provides financial advice to high net worth individuals and institutional investors; and provides a range of pension, endowment, and risk products. Further, the company offers trade finance services; and online and mobile banking services. It operates approximately 450 branches. The company was founded in 1820 and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.


DNB ASA provides various banking products and services for retail and corporate customers in Norway and internationally. The company offers savings and investment products, including saving accounts, home savings products, equities, retirement savings, fixed rate deposits, exchange traded products, bonds and commercial papers, and asset management services; and loans, such as home mortgages, car and consumer loans, trade finance, and export financing, as well as overdraft facilities, bank guarantees, and leasing and factoring services. It also provides various cards; a range of insurance products comprising car, boat, motor vehicle, household contents, home, holiday home, travel, and life insurance products, as well as pet insurance for cats and dogs; and pension plans. In addition, the company offers investment banking advisory and financing services, such as mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt capital markets for corporations and private equity firms; and foreign exchange and treasury, cash management, research, commodities, equities, corporate finance, interest rates, securities, real estate broking, and Internet and mobile banking services. It offers its products and services to various sectors, including energy; financial institutions; healthcare; manufacturing; packaging and forest products; seafood; shipping, offshore, and logistics; and telecom, media, and technology. The company distributes its products and services through its branches, in-store postal and banking outlets, and post office counters. DNB ASA was founded in 1822 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

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