Head to Head Survey: First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ:FNFG) vs. The Competition

First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ: FNFG) is one of 265 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare First Niagara Financial Group to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for First Niagara Financial Group and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Niagara Financial Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors 2167 8300 8338 325 2.36

As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential upside of 1.00%. Given First Niagara Financial Group’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe First Niagara Financial Group has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

54.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 10.3% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares First Niagara Financial Group and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Niagara Financial Group N/A N/A 20.78
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors $6.46 billion $971.66 million 447.75

First Niagara Financial Group’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than First Niagara Financial Group. First Niagara Financial Group 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.

Profitability

This table compares First Niagara Financial Group and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Niagara Financial Group 14.04% 4.06% 0.47%
First Niagara Financial Group Competitors 18.58% 8.30% 0.94%

Dividends

First Niagara Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. First Niagara Financial Group pays out 65.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 35.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

First Niagara Financial Group competitors beat First Niagara Financial Group on 9 of the 10 factors compared.

About First Niagara Financial Group

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. is a bank holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. (the Bank). The Bank is engaged in providing financial services to individuals and businesses in New York, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Western Massachusetts. The Bank is a nationally chartered regional bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses. The Bank operates through two segments: banking and financial services. The banking segment includes all of its retail and commercial banking operations. The financial services segment includes its insurance operations. Its financial services activities consist predominantly of insurance sales. Its financial services activities consist of insurance sales. The Bank provides a range of products and services through its retail consumer, commercial, business services and wealth management operations, including retail banking, cash management, insurance and wealth management products.

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