Brookline Bancorp (NASDAQ:BRKL) versus Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) Head-To-Head Contrast

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


Brookline Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. Flagstar Bancorp does not pay a dividend. Brookline Bancorp pays out 50.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Flagstar Bancorp has a beta of 0.99, suggesting that its share price is 1% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Brookline Bancorp has a beta of 0.79, suggesting that its share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Flagstar Bancorp and Brookline Bancorp, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Flagstar Bancorp 0 1 8 0 2.89
Brookline Bancorp 0 3 0 0 2.00

Flagstar Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $41.50, suggesting a potential upside of 38.01%. Brookline Bancorp has a consensus target price of $17.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.29%. Given Flagstar Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Flagstar Bancorp is more favorable than Brookline Bancorp.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

93.8% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 75.8% of Brookline Bancorp shares are held by institutional investors. 62.9% of Flagstar Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 2.5% of Brookline Bancorp shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Flagstar Bancorp and Brookline Bancorp’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Flagstar Bancorp $997.00 million 1.74 $63.00 million $2.47 12.17
Brookline Bancorp $295.22 million 4.53 $50.51 million $0.80 20.78

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


This table compares Flagstar Bancorp and Brookline Bancorp’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Flagstar Bancorp 7.31% 11.13% 0.92%
Brookline Bancorp 19.97% 8.53% 1.03%


Flagstar Bancorp beats Brookline Bancorp on 11 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Flagstar Bancorp Company Profile

Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. operates as a savings and loan holding company for Flagstar Bank, FSB that provides commercial, small business, and consumer banking services to individuals and businesses in the United States. Its Community Banking segment offers various products, such as checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, consumer and commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment finance and leasing, home builder finance loans, and warehouse lines of credit. It also provides other financial services, including consumer and corporate card services, customized treasury management solutions, merchant services, and capital markets services, such as loan syndications, as well as wealth management products and services. This segment serves consumer, business, and mortgage lending customers through its branch banking, business and commercial banking, government banking, warehouse lending, and loans held-for-investment (LHFI) portfolio groups. The company's Mortgage Originations segment originates, acquires, and sells one-to-four family residential mortgage loans through home loan and national call centers, Internet and unaffiliated banks, mortgage banking, and brokerage companies. Its Mortgage Servicing segment offers services and subservices mortgage loans; and the servicing of residential mortgages for its LHFI portfolio, as well as noninterest-bearing escrow services. As of January 23, 2018, the company provided banking services through 99 branches in Michigan; and home loans through a wholesale network of brokers and correspondents in 50 states, as well as 89 retail locations in 29 states. Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Troy, Michigan.

Brookline Bancorp Company Profile

Brookline Bancorp, Inc. operates as the holding company for Brookline Bank, Bank Rhode Island, First Ipswich Bank, and Brookline Securities Corp that provide commercial, business, and retail banking services to corporate, municipal, and retail customers in the United States. Its deposit products include non-interest-bearing demand checking accounts, NOW accounts, savings accounts, and money market accounts. The company's loan portfolio comprises first mortgage loans secured by commercial, multi-family, and residential real estate properties; loans to business entities comprising commercial lines of credit; loans to condominium associations; loans and leases used to finance equipment used by small businesses; financing for construction and development projects; and home equity and other consumer loans. It also provides cash management, investment advisory, and online banking services, as well as invests in debt and equity securities. As of December 31, 2017, the Company operated 51 full-service banking offices in greater Boston, the north shore of Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Brookline Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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