Analyzing U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) & United Security Bancshares (NYSE:UBFO) – Tech Know Bits

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) and United Security Bancshares (NASDAQ:UBFO) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.7% of U.S. Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 24.4% of United Security Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. 0.2% of U.S. Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 21.5% of United Security Bancshares shares are held by 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.


This table compares U.S. Bancorp and United Security Bancshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Bancorp 26.70% 15.45% 1.51%
United Security Bancshares 33.94% 14.26% 1.67%

Volatility and Risk

U.S. Bancorp has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its stock price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Security Bancshares has a beta of 0.41, suggesting that its stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares U.S. Bancorp and United Security Bancshares’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Bancorp $25.78 billion 3.54 $7.10 billion $4.10 14.00
United Security Bancshares $41.22 million 4.49 $14.02 million N/A N/A

U.S. Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than United Security Bancshares.


U.S. Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $1.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. United Security Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.0%. U.S. Bancorp pays out 36.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Bancorp has increased its dividend for 8 consecutive years.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for U.S. Bancorp and United Security Bancshares, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Bancorp 2 9 4 2.13
United Security Bancshares N/A

U.S. Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $56.96, suggesting a potential downside of 0.73%. Given U.S. Bancorp’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe U.S. Bancorp is more favorable than United Security Bancshares.


U.S. Bancorp beats United Security Bancshares on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

U.S. Bancorp Company Profile

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides various financial services in the United States. It operates in five segments: Corporate and Commercial Banking, Consumer and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Investment Services, Payment Services, and Treasury and Corporate Support. The company offers depository services, including checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts; and lending services, such as traditional credit products, as well as credit card services, lease financing and import/export trade, asset-backed lending, agricultural finance, and other products. It also provides ancillary services comprising capital markets, treasury management, and receivable lock-box collection services to corporate customers; and a range of asset management and fiduciary services for individuals, estates, foundations, business corporations, and charitable organizations. In addition, the company offers investment and insurance products to its customers principally within its markets, as well as fund administration services to a range of mutual and other funds. Further, it provides corporate and purchasing card, and corporate trust services; and merchant processing services, as well as cash and investment management, ATM processing, mortgage banking, and brokerage and leasing services. The company offers its products and services through operating a network of 3,018 banking offices principally operating in the Midwest and West regions of the United States, as well as through online services and over mobile devices. It also operates a network of 4,681 ATMs. The company was founded in 1863 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

United Security Bancshares Company Profile

United Security Bancshares operates as the holding company for United Security Bank, a state-chartered bank that provides a range of commercial banking services to the business and professional community, and individuals in California. The company accepts various deposit products, including personal and business checking accounts, savings accounts, interest-bearing negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market accounts, and time certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio comprises real estate mortgage, commercial and industrial, real estate construction, and consumer loans, as well as agricultural and installment loans. The company also offers cashier’s check, traveler’s check, money order, foreign draft, online and mobile banking, safe deposit box, payroll direct deposit, and interactive teller and ATM services. As of January 23, 2019, it operated through 11 full-service branch offices in Fresno, Bakersfield, Campbell, Caruthers, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Oakhurst, San Joaquin, and Taft, California. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Fresno, California.

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