Financial Comparison: Akbank T.A.S. (OTCMKTS:AKBTY) & Citigroup (OTCMKTS:C)

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Akbank T.A.S. (OTCMKTS:AKBTY) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, dividends, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, risk and valuation.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.1% of Akbank T.A.S. shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 77.0% of Citigroup shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.1% of Citigroup shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Akbank T.A.S. and Citigroup’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Akbank T.A.S. 11.85% 10.49% 1.37%
Citigroup 18.28% 10.16% 0.92%

Volatility and Risk

Akbank T.A.S. has a beta of 0.59, suggesting that its share price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Citigroup has a beta of 1.81, suggesting that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Akbank T.A.S. and Citigroup, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Akbank T.A.S. 0 0 0 0 N/A
Citigroup 0 4 16 0 2.80

Citigroup has a consensus target price of $88.97, suggesting a potential upside of 9.52%. Given Citigroup’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Citigroup is more favorable than Akbank T.A.S..

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Akbank T.A.S. and Citigroup’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Akbank T.A.S. $8.17 billion 0.92 $1.17 billion N/A N/A
Citigroup $97.12 billion 1.83 $18.05 billion $6.65 12.22

Citigroup has higher revenue and earnings than Akbank T.A.S..


Citigroup beats Akbank T.A.S. on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Akbank T.A.S.

Akbank T.A.S. provides various banking products and services. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking; Commercial Banking, SME Banking, and Corporate-Investment and Private Banking; and Treasury. The company's retail banking services comprise deposit accounts, retail loans, commercial installment loans, credit cards, insurance products, and asset management services, as well as bank cards, investment funds trading, automatic payment, foreign currency trading, safe deposit box rental, cheques, money transfers, investment banking, and telephone and Internet banking. It also offers services to large, medium, and small size corporate and commercial customers that include Turkish Lira (TL) and foreign currency denominated working capital loans, foreign trade financing, derivative instruments for hedging purposes of foreign currency and interest risk, letters of credit, foreign currency trading, corporate finance, and deposit and cash management services, as well as project finance loans; and timely and permanent solutions for corporate customers' working capital management, delivering cash management services based on customers' requests that include collection and payment services and liquidity and information management. In addition, the company engages in treasury activities consisting of TL and foreign currency spot and forward transactions, treasury and government bonds, Eurobonds, and private sector bond transactions, as well as derivative trading activities; marketing and pricing activities related treasury products; and the provision of long-term funding services, providing funding facility that reflects country risk, diversifying funding resources, and forming a base of international investors. Further, it engages in leasing activities. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated 780 branches in Turkey and 1 branch internationally. Akbank T.A.S. was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

About Citigroup

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services for consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates through two segments, Global Consumer Banking (GCB) and Institutional Clients Group (ICG). The GCB segment offers traditional banking services to retail customers through retail banking, commercial banking, Citi-branded cards, and Citi retail services. It also provides various banking, credit card lending, and investment services through a network of local branches, offices, and electronic delivery systems. The ICG segment provides wholesale banking products and services, including fixed income and equity sales and trading, foreign exchange, prime brokerage, derivative services, equity and fixed income research, corporate and consumer loans, investment banking and advisory services, private banking, cash management, trade finance, and securities services to corporate, institutional, public sector, and high-net-worth clients. As of December 31, 2018, it operated 2,410 branches in the United States, Mexico, and Asia. Citigroup Inc. was founded in 1812 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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