Critical Review: Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE:FBC) & Atlantic Capital Bancshares (ACBI)

Flagstar Bancorp (NYSE: FBC) and Atlantic Capital Bancshares (NASDAQ:ACBI) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, valuation, institutional ownership, earnings, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.


This table compares Flagstar Bancorp and Atlantic Capital Bancshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flagstar Bancorp 16.52% 10.15% 0.92%
Atlantic Capital Bancshares 12.18% 4.45% 0.50%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Flagstar Bancorp and Atlantic Capital Bancshares, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flagstar Bancorp 0 3 5 0 2.63
Atlantic Capital Bancshares 0 3 1 0 2.25

Flagstar Bancorp currently has a consensus price target of $35.25, indicating a potential upside of 4.23%. Atlantic Capital Bancshares has a consensus price target of $21.50, indicating a potential upside of 21.81%. Given Atlantic Capital Bancshares’ higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Atlantic Capital Bancshares is more favorable than Flagstar Bancorp.

Risk and Volatility

Flagstar Bancorp has a beta of 0.86, indicating that its stock price is 14% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Atlantic Capital Bancshares has a beta of 1.04, indicating that its stock price is 4% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Flagstar Bancorp and Atlantic Capital Bancshares’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flagstar Bancorp $783.00 million 2.47 $149.76 million $2.62 12.91
Atlantic Capital Bancshares $90.67 million 5.00 $13.60 million $0.53 33.30

Flagstar Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than Atlantic Capital Bancshares. Flagstar Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Atlantic Capital Bancshares, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

96.3% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 78.3% of Atlantic Capital Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. 63.0% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of Atlantic Capital Bancshares shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Flagstar Bancorp beats Atlantic Capital Bancshares on 10 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Flagstar Bancorp

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s business is primarily conducted through its principal subsidiary, Flagstar Bank, FSB. It operates through four segments: Community Banking, Mortgage Originations, Mortgage Servicing, and Other. Through Mortgage Originations segment, it originates, acquires and sells one- to four-family residential mortgage loans. The Mortgage Servicing segment includes services and subservices mortgage loans, on a fee basis, for others. The Community Banking segment originates loans, provides deposits and fee based services to consumer, business and mortgage lending customers through its Branch Banking, Business and Commercial Banking, Government Banking, Warehouse Lending and Held-for-Investment Portfolio groups. It offers checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit and others. Other financial services include lines of credit, revolving credit, inventory and accounts receivable.

About Atlantic Capital Bancshares

Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. is the bank holding company for Atlantic Capital Bank (the Bank). The Bank operates as a commercial bank. The Bank provides an array of credit, treasury management and deposit products and services to growth businesses, middle market corporations, commercial real estate developers and investors, and private clients. Its wealth management division offers financial planning, trust administration, investment management, brokerage and estate planning services. It also provides selected capital markets, mortgage banking, and electronic banking services to its corporate, business and individual clients. Its private banking credit products include loans to individuals for personal and investment purposes, such as secured installment and term loans, and home equity lines of credit. Its specialty corporate financial services include payments industry banking, financial institutions banking, capital markets services and specialty commercial lending.

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