Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (BLX) and INTL Fcstone (INTL) Head to Head Comparison

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (NYSE: BLX) and INTL Fcstone (NASDAQ:INTL) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, earnings, valuation, analyst recommendations, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior and INTL Fcstone, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior 1 2 0 0 1.67
INTL Fcstone 0 0 0 0 N/A

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior currently has a consensus target price of $27.50, indicating a potential downside of 7.75%. Given Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior is more favorable than INTL Fcstone.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

15.8% of Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 65.0% of INTL Fcstone shares are held by institutional investors. 20.5% of INTL Fcstone shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior and INTL Fcstone’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior 29.97% 7.32% 1.11%
INTL Fcstone 0.02% 1.41% 0.10%

Volatility & Risk

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior has a beta of 1.64, indicating that its share price is 64% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, INTL Fcstone has a beta of 1.71, indicating that its share price is 71% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior and INTL Fcstone’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior $258.66 million 4.54 $87.04 million $1.90 15.69
INTL Fcstone $29.42 billion 0.03 $6.40 million $0.31 139.84

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior has higher earnings, but lower revenue than INTL Fcstone. Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than INTL Fcstone, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior pays an annual dividend of $1.54 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.2%. INTL Fcstone does not pay a dividend. Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior pays out 81.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend, suggesting it may not have sufficient earnings to cover its dividend payment in the future.

Summary

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior beats INTL Fcstone on 8 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior

Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (the Bank) is a specialized multinational bank. The Bank is established to support the financing of trade and economic integration in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Company operates in two segments: Commercial and Treasury. The Bank’s Commercial segment incorporates all of the Bank’s financial intermediation and fees generated by the commercial portfolio activities, such as origination of bilateral and syndicated credits, short- and medium-term loans, acceptances and contingent credits. The Bank’s Treasury segment incorporates deposits in banks and all of the Bank’s trading assets, securities available-for-sale and held-to-maturity, and the balance of the investment funds. The Bank serves a range of sectors, including oil and gas, agribusiness, food processing and manufacturing. Its products and services are categorized into three main areas: Financial Intermediation Business, Structuring and Syndications Business and Treasury.

About INTL Fcstone

INTL Fcstone Inc. is a financial services company. The Company provides financial products, and advisory and execution service. The Company operates through five segments: Commercial Hedging, Global Payments, Securities, Physical Commodities, and Clearing and Execution Services (CES). The Commercial Hedging segment serves its commercial clients through its team of risk management consultants. The Global Payments segment provides global payment solutions to banks and commercial businesses, as well as charities and non-governmental organizations and government organizations. The Securities segment provides solutions that facilitate cross-border trading. The Physical Commodities segment consists of its physical precious metals trading and physical agricultural and energy commodity businesses. The CES segment seeks to provide clearing and execution of exchange-traded futures and options for the institutional and trader market segments.

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