|Current price-to-earnings ratio (P/E)||14.5||9.2|
|Price-to-book ratio (P/B)||1.1||0.9|
|Price-to-sales ratio (P/S)||2.8||1.9|
On the face of it, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) looks better value than HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC), with a below-average P/E ratio and a price to book (P/B) ratio below one, indicating that the company’s theoretical breakup value may be greater than its market capitalization. In contrast, HSBC’s current P/E and P/B ratios suggest it is fully valued at present.
With low interest rates set to continue for the foreseeable future, dividends have become one of the most popular ways of generating an investment income. How do HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) compare in terms of income?
|Current dividend yield||4.3%||2.5%|
|5-year average historical yield||4.5%||2.1%|
|5-year dividend average growth rate||-11%||-4.1%|
|2013 forecast yield||4.7%||2.9%|
Most U.K. stocks offer a higher yield than their American counterparts, and HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HBC) is no exception, with a five-year average yield that is more than twice that of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM). Although that gap is closing as the American banking sector recovers from the financial crisis, HSBC’s 4.7% forecast yield is more than 50% higher than JPMorgan’s forecast yield of 2.9%.
Even if your main interest is value or income investing, you do need to consider growth. At the very least, a company needs to deliver growth in line with inflation — and realistically, most successful companies need to grow ahead of inflation if they are to protect their market share and profit margins.
How do HSBC and JPMorgan shape up in terms of growth?
|5-year earnings-per-share growth rate||-12.9%||-4.7%|
|5-year revenue growth rate||-9.3%||3.7%|
|5-year share price return||-17.8%||11.1%|
JPMorgan looks the stronger of the two banks in terms of recent growth, but last year saw both banks take knocks to their previously untarnished reputations. In JPMorgan’s case, London-based rogue trader Bruno Iksil — who became known as the London Whale — triggered a $5.8 billion loss for the U.S. bank. Meanwhile, HSBC set a new record for banking fines when it agreed to pay out $1.9 billion to U.S. and U.K. regulators to settle money laundering charges relating to the Mexican drugs trade.