Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (NYSE: DB – Get Rating) and First Financial (NASDAQ: THFF – Get Rating) are both finance companies, but which is the best investment? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

Volatility and risk

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft has a beta of 1.35, indicating its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, First Financial has a beta of 0.67, indicating its stock price is 33 % less volatile than the S&P 500.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and First Financial.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft 8.07% 4.27% 0.22%
First Financial 30.36% 11.57% 1.34%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

67.2% of First Financial shares are held by institutional investors. 3.4% of First Financial shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large money managers, endowments, and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Benefits and evaluation

This table compares the revenue, earnings per share and valuation of Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and First Financial.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft $36.51 billion 0.56 $2.90 billion $1.38 7.18
First Financial $194.28 million 2.80 $52.99 million $4.73 9.27

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft has higher revenue and profit than First Financial. Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft trades at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than First Financial, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Analyst Notes

This is a summary of recent ratings and price targets for Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and First Financial, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft 1 8 5 0 2.29
First Financial 0 0 1 0 3.00

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft currently has a consensus target price of $14.14, suggesting a potential upside of 42.71%. First Financial has a consensus target price of $49.00, suggesting a potential upside of 11.74%. Given Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft’s possible higher upside, equity research analysts clearly believe that Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft is more favorable than First Financial.


First Financial beats Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft on 9 out of 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft (Get a rating)

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial and related products and services to individuals, businesses and institutional clients worldwide. Its Corporate Bank segment provides cash management, commercial finance and lending, trust and agency, foreign exchange and securities services, as well as risk management solutions. The Company’s Investment Bank segment provides M&A and equity advisory services. This segment also focuses on financing, advisory, fixed income, risk management, sales and trading, and currencies. Its Private Banking segment provides payment and account services, credit and deposit products, as well as investment advice, such as environmental, social and governance products. This segment also provides wealth management, postal and parcel services, and digital offerings. The Company’s Asset Management segment provides investment solutions, such as alternative investments, which include real estate, infrastructure, private equity, liquid real estate assets and sustainable investments; passive investments; and various services, including insurance and pension solutions, asset liability management, portfolio management solutions, asset allocation advisory, structuring and overlay to institutions, governments, corporations and foundations, and individual investors. As of December 31, 2021, it operated 1,709 branches in 58 countries. The company was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

About First Financial (Get a rating)

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. It offers non-interest-bearing demand, interest-bearing demand, savings, term and other term deposits. The company also provides commercial loans primarily to expand a business or finance asset purchases; residential real estate and residential real estate construction loans; and home equity loans and spreads, secured loans, and secured and unsecured cash/CD loans. In addition, it offers lease financing, trust account, depositor and insurance services. The company operates 78 branches in west-central Indiana, east-central Illinois, western Kentucky, and central and western Tennessee. First Financial Corporation was founded in 1834 and is headquartered in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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