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First Savings Financial Group (NASDAQ:FSFG) and Catalyst Bancorp (NASDAQ:CLST) Head-To-Head Analysis

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First Savings Financial Group (NASDAQ:FSFG – Get Rating) and Catalyst Bancorp (NASDAQ:CLST – Get Rating) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, earnings, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and valuation.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for First Savings Financial Group and Catalyst Bancorp, as provided by MarketBeat.

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Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First Savings Financial Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Catalyst Bancorp 0 0 0 0 N/A

First Savings Financial Group currently has a consensus price target of $30.00, suggesting a potential upside of 30.10%. Given First Savings Financial Group's higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe First Savings Financial Group is more favorable than Catalyst Bancorp.

Profitability

This table compares First Savings Financial Group and Catalyst Bancorp's net margins, return on equity and return on assets .
Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First Savings Financial Group 14.54% 10.55% 1.03%
Catalyst Bancorp 13.44% 1.72% 0.48%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares First Savings Financial Group and Catalyst Bancorp's revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First Savings Financial Group $185.70 million 0.88 $29.57 million $2.62 8.80
Catalyst Bancorp $10.32 million 6.37 $1.93 million N/A N/A

First Savings Financial Group has higher revenue and earnings than Catalyst Bancorp.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

26.4% of First Savings Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 14.3% of Catalyst Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. 14.3% of First Savings Financial Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.6% of Catalyst Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

First Savings Financial Group beats Catalyst Bancorp on 9 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks .

About First Savings Financial Group

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First Savings Financial Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for First Savings Bank that provides various financial services to consumers and businesses in southern Indiana. The company operates through three segments: Core Banking, SBA Lending, and Mortgage Banking. It accepts deposits, such as checking accounts, NOW and money market accounts, regular savings accounts, and time deposits. The company also provides loans, including one-to four-family residential real estate, commercial real estate, construction, land and land development, multi-family real estate, and commercial business loans, as well as consumer loans, such as automobile loans, home equity lines of credit, unsecured loans, and loans secured by deposits. In addition, it is involved in the mortgage banking; investment activities; and the provision of property and casualty insurance products, and reinsurance to other third-party insurance captives. The company operates 15 branches. First Savings Financial Group, Inc. was incorporated in 2008 and is based in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

About Catalyst Bancorp

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Catalyst Bancorp, Inc. operates as a holding company for Catalyst Bank that provides commercial and retail banking products. The company accepts various deposit products, including savings accounts, demand and NOW accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also offers single-family residential first mortgage loans, commercial real estate mortgage loans, multi-family residential mortgage loans, commercial and industrial loans, construction and land loans, consumer loans, and other loans. In addition, the company invests in various types of securities comprising mortgage-backed securities, the U.S. treasury obligations, securities of various federal agencies and of state and municipal governments, certificates of deposit at federally insured banks and savings institutions, and federal funds. It operates through six full-service branches located in Carencro, Eunice, Lafayette, Opelousas, and Port Barre. The company was founded in 1922 and is headquartered in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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