Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAI) and Independent Bank (NASDAQ:IBCP) Head-To-Head Review

Lakeland Bancorp (NASDAQ:LBAIGet Rating) and Independent Bank (NASDAQ:IBCPGet Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership and valuation.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Lakeland Bancorp and Independent Bank, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Lakeland Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Independent Bank 0 1 0 0 2.00

Independent Bank has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 1.73%. Given Independent Bank’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Independent Bank is more favorable than Lakeland Bancorp.

Profitability

This table compares Lakeland Bancorp and Independent Bank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Lakeland Bancorp 29.93% 11.24% 1.13%
Independent Bank 28.08% 15.18% 1.27%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

49.3% of Lakeland Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.6% of Independent Bank shares are held by institutional investors. 4.7% of Lakeland Bancorp shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.2% of Independent Bank shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Lakeland Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.58 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.9%. Independent Bank pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.5%. Lakeland Bancorp pays out 35.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Independent Bank pays out 32.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Lakeland Bancorp has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years and Independent Bank has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years. Independent Bank is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Lakeland Bancorp and Independent Bank’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Lakeland Bancorp $279.68 million 3.48 $95.04 million $1.64 9.16
Independent Bank $214.72 million 1.93 $62.90 million $2.71 7.25

Lakeland Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Independent Bank. Independent Bank is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Lakeland Bancorp, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Volatility & Risk

Lakeland Bancorp has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its share price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Independent Bank has a beta of 0.97, indicating that its share price is 3% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Independent Bank beats Lakeland Bancorp on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Lakeland Bancorp (Get Rating)

Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Lakeland Bank that offers various banking products and services for individuals and small to medium sized businesses. The company provides commercial banking services, including savings, money market, and time accounts, as well as demand deposits. It is also involved in lending services, including commercial real estate loans, commercial and industrial loans, short and medium term loans, lines of credit, letters of credit, inventory and accounts receivable financing, real estate construction loans, residential mortgage loans, Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, and merchant credit card services; financing solutions to small and medium-sized companies; online banking, mobile banking, and wire transfer services; and cash management services, such as remote capture of deposits and overnight sweep repurchase agreements. In addition, it provides consumer banking services, which include checking accounts, savings accounts, interest-bearing checking accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, online banking, secured and unsecured loans, consumer installment loans, mortgage loans, and safe deposit services. Further, the company offers investment advisory services for individuals and businesses; and securities brokerage services, including mutual funds and variable annuities, as well as commercial title insurance services and life insurance products. As of December 31, 2021, it operated 48 branch offices located throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey and in Highland Mills, New York; operated six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Iselin, Jackson, Montville, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one New York commercial lending center to serve the Hudson Valley region. The company was incorporated in 1969 and is headquartered in Oak Ridge, New Jersey.

About Independent Bank (Get Rating)

Independent Bank Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Independent Bank that provides various banking services to individuals and businesses. The company offers checking and savings accounts, commercial lending, direct and indirect consumer financing, mortgage lending, and safe deposit box services, as well as automatic teller machine, and Internet and mobile banking services. It also provides title insurance, insurance brokerage, and investment services. The company offers its services through approximately 59 branches, two drive-thru facilities, and seven loan production offices in Michigan; and two loan production offices in Ohio. Independent Bank Corporation was founded in 1864 and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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