Head-To-Head Comparison: KBC Grp NV/ADR (KBCSY) versus DNB ASA/S (DNHBY)

KBC Grp NV/ADR (OTCMKTS:KBCSY) and DNB ASA/S (OTCMKTS:DNHBY) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their dividends, earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations and profitability.


This table compares KBC Grp NV/ADR and DNB ASA/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
KBC Grp NV/ADR 24.35% 12.64% 0.79%
DNB ASA/S 32.86% 10.83% 0.85%


KBC Grp NV/ADR pays an annual dividend of $1.61 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.4%. DNB ASA/S pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. KBC Grp NV/ADR pays out 47.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. DNB ASA/S pays out 46.5% 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for KBC Grp NV/ADR and DNB ASA/S, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
KBC Grp NV/ADR 0 0 0 0 N/A
DNB ASA/S 0 0 0 0 N/A

Volatility & Risk

KBC Grp NV/ADR has a beta of 0.29, suggesting that its share price is 71% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DNB ASA/S has a beta of 0.65, suggesting that its share price is 35% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares KBC Grp NV/ADR and DNB ASA/S’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
KBC Grp NV/ADR $11.20 billion 2.74 $2.91 billion $3.41 10.73
DNB ASA/S $8.42 billion 3.79 $2.64 billion $1.55 12.88

KBC Grp NV/ADR has higher revenue and earnings than DNB ASA/S. KBC Grp NV/ADR is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than DNB ASA/S, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.1% of KBC Grp NV/ADR shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of DNB ASA/S shares are held by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


KBC Grp NV/ADR beats DNB ASA/S on 6 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

KBC Grp NV/ADR Company Profile

KBC Group NV, together with its subsidiaries, provides integrated bank-insurance services primarily for retail, private banking, small and medium sized enterprises, and mid-cap clients primarily in Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, and Slovakia. It accepts deposits; offers loans to individuals, businesses, and public authorities; and provides services, including payments, cash management, trade finance, leasing, corporate finance, and money and capital market products, as well as offers asset management services. KBC Group NV serves customers through a network of approximately 1,521 bank branches, as well as through insurance distribution networks and electronic channels. The company was formerly known as KBC Bank and Insurance Holding Company NV and changed its name to KBC Group NV in March 2005. KBC Group NV was incorporated in 1935 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

DNB ASA/S Company Profile

DNB ASA provides various banking products and services for retail and corporate customers in Norway and internationally. It operates through Personal customers, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Large Corporates and International Customers, Trading, and Traditional Pension Products segments. The company offers savings and investment products, including saving accounts, home savings products, equities, retirement savings, fixed rate deposits, exchange traded products, bonds and commercial papers, and asset management services; and loans, such as home mortgages, car and consumer loans, trade finance, and export financing, as well as overdraft facilities, bank guarantees, and leasing and factoring services. It also provides various cards; a range of insurance products comprising car, boat, motor vehicle, household contents, home, holiday home, travel, and life insurance products, as well as pet insurance for cats and dogs; and pension plans. In addition, the company offers investment banking advisory and financing services, such as mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt capital markets for corporations and private equity firms; and foreign exchange and treasury, cash management, research, commodities, equities, corporate finance, interest rates, securities, real estate broking, and Internet and mobile banking services. It offers its products and services to various sectors, including energy; financial institutions; healthcare; manufacturing; packaging and forest products; seafood; shipping, offshore, and logistics; and telecom, media, and technology. The company distributes its products and services through its distribution network comprising branches, telephone banking, digital banking, and real estate broking, as well as external channels, such as post offices, and in-store postal and banking outlets. DNB ASA was founded in 1822 and is headquartered in Oslo, Norway.

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