Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) vs. Penns Woods Bancorp (NASDAQ:PWOD) Head to Head Comparison

Penns Woods Bancorp (NASDAQ:PWOD) and Home Bancshares (NASDAQ:HOMB) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, earnings and risk.


This table compares Penns Woods Bancorp and Home Bancshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Penns Woods Bancorp 22.24% 11.37% 1.00%
Home Bancshares 35.22% 12.22% 1.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

18.5% of Penns Woods Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.7% of Home Bancshares shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.4% of Penns Woods Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 8.7% of Home Bancshares shares are owned 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.


Penns Woods Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $1.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Home Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Home Bancshares pays out 29.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Home Bancshares has raised its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Risk & Volatility

Penns Woods Bancorp has a beta of 0.67, meaning that its stock price is 33% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Home Bancshares has a beta of 1.21, meaning that its stock price is 21% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Penns Woods Bancorp and Home Bancshares’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Penns Woods Bancorp $68.21 million 3.45 $14.71 million N/A N/A
Home Bancshares $788.20 million 4.07 $300.40 million $1.75 10.98

Home Bancshares has higher revenue and earnings than Penns Woods Bancorp.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for Penns Woods Bancorp and Home Bancshares, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Penns Woods Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A
Home Bancshares 0 2 2 0 2.50

Home Bancshares has a consensus target price of $21.50, suggesting a potential upside of 11.92%. Given Home Bancshares’ higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Home Bancshares is more favorable than Penns Woods Bancorp.


Home Bancshares beats Penns Woods Bancorp on 12 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Penns Woods Bancorp

Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Jersey Shore State Bank and Luzerne Bank, which provides commercial and retail banking services to individuals, partnerships, non-profit organizations, and corporations. The company accepts time, demand, and savings deposits, including super NOW accounts, statement savings accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as checking accounts and IRAs. It also offers loan products comprising residential, commercial, and construction real estate loans; agricultural loans for the purchase or improvement of real estate; commercial loans for the acquisition and improvement of real estate, purchase of equipment, and working capital purposes; letters of credit; consumer loans, such as residential mortgages, home equity loans and lines, automobile financing, personal loans and lines of credit, and overdraft and check lines; and revolving credit loans with overdraft protection. In addition, the company provides securities brokerage and financial planning services, which include the sale of life insurance products, annuities, and estate planning services; property and casualty, and auto insurance products; safe deposit services; ATM services; and Internet and telephone banking services. Additionally, it engages in real estate transactions and investment activities. The company operates through a network of 26 offices located in Clinton, Lycoming, Centre, Montour, Union, and Luzerne counties, Pennsylvania. Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

About Home Bancshares

Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) operates as the bank holding company for Centennial Bank that provides commercial and retail banking, and related financial services to businesses, real estate developers and investors, individuals, and municipalities. Its deposit products include checking, savings, NOW, demand, and money market accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. The company's loan portfolio comprises non-farm/non-residential real estate, construction/land development, residential mortgage, consumer, agricultural, and commercial and industrial loans. It also provides Internet banking, mobile banking, voice response information, cash management, overdraft protection, direct deposit, and automatic account transfer services, as well as safe deposit boxes and the United States savings bonds. In addition, the company writes policies for commercial and personal lines of business, including insurance for property, casualty, life, health, and employee benefits. As of December 31, 2018, it operated through 159 branch locations, including 77 branches in Arkansas, 76 branches in Florida, 5 branches in Alabama, and 1 branch in New York City. Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Conway, Arkansas.

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