Critical Review: First Northwest Bancorp (FNWB) and Its Rivals

First Northwest Bancorp (NASDAQ: FNWB) is one of 35 public companies in the “Savings institutions, except federal” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare First Northwest Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, valuation, profitability, dividends and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares First Northwest Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Northwest Bancorp 18.63% 7.38% 0.81%
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors 23.77% 9.57% 1.02%

Dividends

First Northwest Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. First Northwest Bancorp pays out 21.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Savings institutions, except federal” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.4% and pay out 28.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility & Risk

First Northwest Bancorp has a beta of 1.01, meaning that its stock price is 1% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, First Northwest Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

51.6% of First Northwest Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 37.3% of shares of all “Savings institutions, except federal” companies are held by institutional investors. 4.6% of First Northwest Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.4% of shares of all “Savings institutions, except federal” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares First Northwest Bancorp and its peers revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
First Northwest Bancorp $67.53 million $10.34 million 15.95
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors $151.44 million $16.22 million 19.26

First Northwest Bancorp’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than First Northwest Bancorp. First Northwest Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for First Northwest Bancorp and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Northwest Bancorp 0 1 0 0 2.00
First Northwest Bancorp Competitors 110 422 247 15 2.21

First Northwest Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $20.00, indicating a potential upside of 13.96%. As a group, “Savings institutions, except federal” companies have a potential downside of 5.03%. Given First Northwest Bancorp’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe First Northwest Bancorp is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

First Northwest Bancorp peers beat First Northwest Bancorp on 11 of the 15 factors compared.

About First Northwest Bancorp

First Northwest Bancorp (Washington) is a bank holding company. It engages in the provision of commercial, mortgage, and lending activities and investment. Its offerings include saving account, certificate of deposits, money market, credit card, fixed rate loans, mortgages, mutual funds, insurances and education savings account. The company was founded on August 14, 2012 and is headquartered in Port Angeles, WA.

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