Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) & Metro Bank (NYSE:MBNKF) Head to Head Review

Metro Bank (OTCMKTS:MBNKF) and Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

4.1% of Metro Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 12.6% of Banco Santander-Chile shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Metro Bank and Banco Santander-Chile’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Metro Bank N/A N/A N/A
Banco Santander-Chile 22.34% 17.07% 1.36%

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings for Metro Bank and Banco Santander-Chile, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Metro Bank 0 4 0 0 2.00
Banco Santander-Chile 0 3 2 0 2.40

Banco Santander-Chile has a consensus price target of $31.00, indicating a potential upside of 37.78%. Given Banco Santander-Chile’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Banco Santander-Chile is more favorable than Metro Bank.

Risk & Volatility

Metro Bank has a beta of 0.42, meaning that its stock price is 58% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Banco Santander-Chile has a beta of 0.56, meaning that its stock price is 44% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Metro Bank and Banco Santander-Chile’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Metro Bank $344.86 million 0.57 N/A N/A N/A
Banco Santander-Chile $3.84 billion 2.76 $952.53 million $1.80 12.50

Banco Santander-Chile has higher revenue and earnings than Metro Bank.

Summary

Banco Santander-Chile beats Metro Bank on 10 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

Metro Bank Company Profile

Metro Bank PLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and commercial banking services in the United Kingdom. The company offers personal banking products and services, including current and savings accounts; residential mortgages; credit cards and personal loans; and safe deposit box services. It also provides business banking products and services comprising business bank, commercial and community current, foreign currency, and insolvency practitioner accounts; deposit accounts, including business and community instant access deposit and fixed term deposit, client premium and flexible client term deposit, and business notice accounts; business and commercial loans and overdrafts, business credit cards, asset financing, invoice financing, and enterprise finance guarantee scheme. Metro Bank PLC was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Banco Santander-Chile Company Profile

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking products and services in Chile. It operates through Retail Banking, Middle-Market, and Global Corporate Banking segments. The company offers checking accounts and savings products; consumer, auto, commercial, mortgage, and government-guaranteed loans; credit and debit cards; and Chilean peso and foreign currency denominated loans to finance various commercial transactions, trade, foreign currency forward contracts, and credit lines. It also provides mutual funds, insurance and stock brokerage, foreign exchange, leasing, factoring, financial consulting, investment management, foreign trade and mortgage financing, treasury, and transactional services, as well as specialized services to finance projects for the real estate industry. In addition, the company offers short-term financing and fund raising, brokerage services, derivatives, securitization, and other tailor-made products. It serves individuals, small to middle-sized entities, companies, and large corporations, as well as universities, government entities, and local and regional governments. The company operates 380 branches, which include 266 under the Santander brand name, 46 under the Select brand name, 7 specialized branches for the middle market, and 21 as auxiliary and payment centers, as well as 910 ATMs. Banco Santander-Chile was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Santiago, Chile.

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