Reviewing First BancTrust (FIRT) and The First Bancshares (FBSI)

First BancTrust (OTCMKTS:FIRT) and The First Bancshares (OTCMKTS:FBSI) are both finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations, earnings and profitability.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for First BancTrust and The First Bancshares, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
First BancTrust 0 0 0 0 N/A
The First Bancshares 0 0 0 0 N/A

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares First BancTrust and The First Bancshares’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
First BancTrust N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
The First Bancshares $10.90 million 1.93 -$560,000.00 N/A N/A

First BancTrust has higher earnings, but lower revenue than The First Bancshares.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

6.2% of First BancTrust shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 9.0% of The First Bancshares shares are owned by institutional investors. 5.5% of The First Bancshares shares are owned by 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.


First BancTrust pays an annual dividend of $0.44 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. The First Bancshares does not pay a dividend.


This table compares First BancTrust and The First Bancshares’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
First BancTrust N/A N/A N/A
The First Bancshares 9.04% N/A N/A


The First Bancshares beats First BancTrust on 4 of the 5 factors compared between the two stocks.

First BancTrust Company Profile

First BancTrust Corporation operates as the holding company for First Bank and Trust, IL, a chartered bank that provides a range of banking and financial services to households, agriculture, and small businesses customers in the east-central Illinois. The company's deposit products include demand deposits, savings accounts, NOW accounts, various money market deposits, and certificates of deposit, as well as time and brokered time deposits; checking accounts; and retirement and health savings accounts. Its loan portfolio comprises mortgage loans, such as fixed and adjustable rate loans, first-time home buyer loans, FHA and VA loans for veterans, rural development loans, construction loans, and home equity loans; consumer loans, including personal, vehicle, home equity line of credit, and share loans; commercial loans consisting of revolving lines of credit, equipment loans, term loans, and commercial and investment real estate loans; and agriculture loans, such as equipment, farm real estate, and operating loans. The company also provides financial planning, online and mobile banking, e-statements, merchant processing, and remote capture services; and card services. In addition, it offers land title insurance and closing agency services, as well as crop insurance products to agricultural customers. The company serves individual and corporate customers through its offices in Paris, Marshall, Savoy, Rantoul, Champaign, and Martinsville, Illinois. First BancTrust Corporation was founded in 1887 and is based in Paris, Illinois.

The First Bancshares Company Profile

First Bancshares, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for the First Home Bank that provides various banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in southern Missouri, the United States. The company's deposit products include checking, savings, money market, and individual retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. It also provides consumer loans, including vehicle, personal, and certificate of deposit loans; real estate loans for purchasing a new home, home construction, refinancing existing home, adding to existing home, and buying undeveloped land; agriculture loans, such as livestock, line of credit, equipment, and agriculture real estate loans; and commercial loans comprising term, commercial line of credit, commercial real estate, and small business administration loans. In addition, the company offers direct deposit, telephone banking, safe deposit box, merchant, and cash management services, as well as debit cards. Further, it invests in mortgage-back securities, the United States Government and agency securities, and other assets. The company operates through a home office in Mountain Grove; and seven full service branch facilities in Marshfield, Ava, Kissee Mills, Gainesville, Sparta, Crane, and Springfield, Missouri. First Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Mountain Grove, Missouri.

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