Head-To-Head Analysis: Axos Financial (AX) versus Equitable Financial (EQFN)

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Axos Financial (NYSE:AX) and Equitable Financial (NASDAQ:EQFN) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Axos Financial and Equitable Financial’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Axos Financial 27.57% 17.81% 1.74%
Equitable Financial N/A N/A N/A

Institutional & Insider Ownership

73.1% of Axos Financial shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.9% of Equitable Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 6.5% of Axos Financial shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.3% of Equitable Financial shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Axos Financial and Equitable Financial’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Axos Financial $546.02 million 3.17 $152.41 million $2.48 11.11
Equitable Financial N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Axos Financial has higher revenue and earnings than Equitable Financial.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Axos Financial and Equitable Financial, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Axos Financial 0 0 2 1 3.33
Equitable Financial 0 0 0 0 N/A

Axos Financial currently has a consensus price target of $42.67, suggesting a potential upside of 54.81%. Given Axos Financial’s higher probable upside, equities analysts clearly believe Axos Financial is more favorable than Equitable Financial.

Summary

Axos Financial beats Equitable Financial on 8 of the 9 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Axos Financial

Axos Financial, Inc. operates as the holding company for BofI Federal Bank that provides consumer and business banking products in the United States. The company offers deposits products, including consumer and business checking, demand, savings, and time deposit accounts. It also provides single family and multifamily mortgage secured lending products; commercial real estate secured and commercial lending products; specialty finance factoring products; prime loans to customers secured by new and used automobiles; and term unsecured personal loans to individual borrowers, as well as overdraft lines of credit. In addition, the company offers prepaid card and refund transfer, debit card or ATM card, portfolio management, online bill payment, money transfer, overdraft protection, online and mobile banking, and text message banking services. The company was formerly known as BofI Holding, Inc. and changed its name to Axos Financial, Inc. in September 2018. Axos Financial, Inc. was incorporated in 1999 and is based in San Diego, California.

About Equitable Financial

Equitable Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Equitable Bank that provides various banking products and services in Nebraska, the United States. It offers deposit products, including checking, savings, and money market deposit accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company's lending products include commercial lines of credit and term loans, commercial real estate loans, agricultural operating loans, agricultural real estate loans, and one-to four-family residential real estate loans, as well as home equity loans, construction and land loans, and consumer loans. It also offers retail brokerage services under the Equitable Wealth Management name; and invests in securities. Equitable Financial Corp. operates through its main office in Grand Island, Nebraska; one full-service branch in each of Grand Island, North Platte, and Omaha, Nebraska; and one additional limited service branch in Grand Island. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Grand Island, Nebraska. Equitable Financial Corp. is a subsidiary of Equitable Financial MHC.

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