Barclays (NYSE:BCS) vs. DNB Bank ASA (OTCMKTS:DNBBY) Financial Survey

Barclays (NYSE:BCSGet Free Report) and DNB Bank ASA (OTCMKTS:DNBBYGet Free Report) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends and profitability.


Barclays pays an annual dividend of $0.52 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. DNB Bank ASA pays an annual dividend of $1.06 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.5%. Barclays pays out 38.8% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DNB Bank ASA pays out 45.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Barclays has increased its dividend for 1 consecutive years.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

3.4% of Barclays shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Barclays shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Barclays and DNB Bank ASA’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Barclays 17.21% 6.13% 0.28%
DNB Bank ASA 19.47% 14.03% 1.03%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Barclays and DNB Bank ASA’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Barclays $25.10 billion 1.67 $6.54 billion $1.34 8.28
DNB Bank ASA $17.13 billion 1.74 $3.74 billion $2.33 8.26

Barclays has higher revenue and earnings than DNB Bank ASA. DNB Bank ASA is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Barclays, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings for Barclays and DNB Bank ASA, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Barclays 1 1 2 0 2.25
DNB Bank ASA 0 0 0 0 N/A

Risk and Volatility

Barclays has a beta of 1.43, meaning that its share price is 43% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DNB Bank ASA has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Barclays beats DNB Bank ASA on 9 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Barclays

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Barclays PLC provides various financial services in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The company operates through Barclays UK and Barclays International division segments. It offers financial services, such as retail banking, credit cards, wholesale banking, investment banking, wealth management, and investment management services. In addition, the company engages in securities dealing activities. The company was formerly known as Barclays Bank Limited and changed its name to Barclays PLC in January 1985. Barclays PLC was founded in 1690 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

About DNB Bank ASA

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DNB Bank ASA provides financial services for individual and business customers in Norway and internationally. The company offers savings, current, and pension accounts; fixed rate and security deposits; home and cabin mortgages, car and consumer loans, business loans, and refinancing; car, house, home contents, travel, personal, and non-life insurance product; payment services; and online and mobile banking services, as well as cards. It also provides overdraft facilities; leasing services; factoring, supply chain, and receivable purchase financing services; bank guarantee, secure trading, documentary collection, and letter of credit services; investment banking services, such as mergers and acquisition, equity and debt capital market, shares and securities, mutual funds and trading, and bonds and commodities; and private financing, as well as equity trading, foreign exchange, interest rates, and risk advisory services. In addition, the company offers treasury management, working capital, trade finance, auto lease and equipment financing, and corporate finance services, as well as act as an estate agents. DNB Bank ASA was founded in 1822 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

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