PrivateBancorp (PVTB) vs. Community Bankers Acquisition (NASDAQ:ESXB) Financial Review

PrivateBancorp (NASDAQ: PVTB) and Community Bankers Acquisition (NASDAQ:ESXB) are both companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, profitability, risk, dividends and earnings.


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PrivateBancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.1%. Community Bankers Acquisition does not pay a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for PrivateBancorp and Community Bankers Acquisition, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
PrivateBancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
Community Bankers Acquisition 0 3 1 0 2.25

PrivateBancorp presently has a consensus target price of $53.50, suggesting a potential downside of 12.25%. Community Bankers Acquisition has a consensus target price of $9.33, suggesting a potential upside of 7.90%. Given Community Bankers Acquisition’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Community Bankers Acquisition is more favorable than PrivateBancorp.

Risk and Volatility

PrivateBancorp has a beta of 1.29, suggesting that its share price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Community Bankers Acquisition has a beta of 0.23, suggesting that its share price is 77% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

88.5% of PrivateBancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.9% of PrivateBancorp shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


This table compares PrivateBancorp and Community Bankers Acquisition’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
PrivateBancorp 29.22% 11.73% 1.15%
Community Bankers Acquisition 23.37% 9.39% 0.89%

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares PrivateBancorp and Community Bankers Acquisition’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
PrivateBancorp N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Community Bankers Acquisition N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


PrivateBancorp beats Community Bankers Acquisition on 7 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.

PrivateBancorp Company Profile

PrivateBancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company for The PrivateBank and Trust Company (the Bank). Through the Bank, the Company provides customized business and personal financial services to middle market companies, as well as business owners, executives, entrepreneurs and families in the markets and communities it serves. The Company operates through three operating segments: Banking, Asset Management and Holding Company activities. The Banking segment consists of commercial and personal banking services. The Company’s Asset Management segment includes certain activities of its PrivateWealth group, including investment management, personal trust and estate administration, custodial and escrow services, investment management services for 401(k) plans and brokerage services. The activities of the Holding Company Activities segment include the direct and indirect ownership of its banking subsidiary, the issuance of debt and intersegment eliminations.

Community Bankers Acquisition Company Profile

Community Bankers Trust Corporation operates as the holding company for the Essex Bank that provides financial services primarily to individuals and small businesses. It offers individual and commercial demand and time deposit accounts; and commercial and industrial loans, consumer and small business loans, and real estate and mortgage loans. The company also provides investment services; online and mobile banking products; safe deposit box facilities; and insurance and investment products. It operates through a network of 26 full-service offices in Virginia and Maryland; and 1 loan production office in Virginia. The company was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

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