Stock Analysis Report

United Community Financial

Executive Summary

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services.



Flawless balance sheet and fair value.

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Share Price & News

How has United Community Financial's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Mortgage


US Market

1 Year Return




US Mortgage


US Market

Return vs Industry: UCFC exceeded the US Mortgage industry which returned 12.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: UCFC exceeded the US Market which returned 5.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0.9%1.2%1.3%
30 Day0%-0.6%-1.9%
90 Day14.1%2.4%-1.8%
1 Year20.0%16.3%14.6%12.2%8.3%5.9%
3 Year60.7%49.9%39.9%30.4%45.6%36.2%
5 Year150.9%127.6%68.7%51.1%66.1%47.9%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is United Community Financial's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is United Community Financial undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Undervalued: UCFC ($10.63) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($11.34)

Significantly Undervalued: UCFC is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: UCFC is good value based on its PE Ratio (13.7x) compared to the Mortgage industry average (14.4x).

PE vs Market: UCFC is good value based on its PE Ratio (13.7x) compared to the US market (17.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

Low PEG Ratio: UCFC is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: UCFC is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.6x) compared to the US Mortgage industry average (1.1x).

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Future Growth

How is United Community Financial forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: UCFC's forecast earnings growth (6.1% per year) is above the savings rate (2.7%).

Earnings vs Market: UCFC's earnings (6.1% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.4% per year).

High Growth Earnings: UCFC's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: UCFC's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-2.1% per year).

High Growth Revenue: UCFC's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.1%).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

High Future ROE: UCFC's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (12.7%).

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Past Performance

How has United Community Financial performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: UCFC's earnings have declined by -4.4% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: UCFC's earnings growth over the past year (26.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (-4.4% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: UCFC earnings growth over the past year (26.9%) underperformed the Mortgage industry 31.7%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: UCFC's Return on Equity (12%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

ROA vs Industry: UCFC has a higher Return on Assets than the Mortgage industry average last year.

Return on Capital Employed

ROCE Improving: Insufficient data to calculate UCFC's Return on Capital Employed to determine if it has improved over the past 3 years.

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Financial Health

How is United Community Financial's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: UCFC has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: UCFC's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.7x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: UCFC's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: UCFC has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: UCFC's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: UCFC has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: UCFC's loans are broadly funded by customer deposits.

Level of Bad Loans: UCFC has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.57%)

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What is United Community Financial's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Stability and Growth of Payments

Notable Dividend: UCFC's dividend (3.01%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.47%).

High Dividend: UCFC's dividend (3.01%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.77%).

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, UCFC has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: UCFC's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 5 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (36.1%), UCFC's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: UCFC's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (38.1% payout ratio).

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What is the CEO of United Community Financial's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?


Average management tenure


Gary Small (58yo)





Mr. Gary M. Small has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of United Community Financial Corp. and Home Savings & Loan Company since March 2014. Prior to joining UCFC and Home Savings, Mr. Small  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs. Market: Gary's total compensation ($USD967.02K) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.83M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Gary's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Management Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: UCFC's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.5 years average tenure).

Board Age and Tenure


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: UCFC's board of directors are considered experienced (8.5 years average tenure).

Insider Trading

Insider Buying: UCFC insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

SellUS$43,48002 Oct 19
Timothy Esson
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial officer
Max PriceUS$10.87
SellUS$46,88025 Jun 19
Timothy Esson
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial officer
Max PriceUS$9.38
SellUS$151,54101 Apr 19
Richard Schiraldi
Chairman of the Board
Independent Chairman of the Board
Max PriceUS$9.26

Ownership Breakdown

Management Team

  • Tim Esson (69yo)

    Chief Financial officer

    • Tenure: 4.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$423.04k
  • Zahid Afzal (56yo)

    Executive VP & COO

    • Tenure: 1.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$788.69k
  • Gary Small (58yo)


    • Tenure: 5.5yrs
    • Compensation: US$967.02k
  • Jude Nohra (50yo)

    Executive VP

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$465.68k
  • Matt Garrity (53yo)

    Executive VP of Commercial Lending & Credit Administration and Director of Home Savings Bank

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$514.35k
  • Doug Young

    Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President

    • Tenure: 3.5yrs
  • Pamela Kloss

    Chief Risk Officer of Home Savings & Loan Company and Senior VP of Home Savings & Loan Company

    • Tenure: 9.3yrs
  • Troy Adair

    Vice President

    • Tenure: 0yrs

Board Members

  • Marty Adams (66yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 6.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$60.00k
  • Richard Schiraldi (64yo)

    Independent Chairman of the Board

    • Tenure: 9.1yrs
    • Compensation: US$89.50k
  • Pat Bevack (72yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 9.5yrs
    • Compensation: US$55.38k
  • Lou Altman (50yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.7yrs
    • Compensation: US$57.25k
  • Gary Small (58yo)


    • Tenure: 5.5yrs
    • Compensation: US$967.02k
  • Scott Hunter (56yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$61.13k
  • Scott Crewson (62yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 10.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$60.25k
  • Lee Burdman (56yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8.5yrs
    • Compensation: US$61.50k
  • Ellen Tressel (65yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 5yrs
    • Compensation: US$56.50k

Company Information

United Community Financial Corp.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: United Community Financial Corp.
  • Ticker: UCFC
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1889
  • Industry: Thrifts and Mortgage Finance
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$511.159m
  • Shares outstanding: 48.09m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • United Community Financial Corp.
  • 275 West Federal Street
  • Youngstown
  • Ohio
  • 44503
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
UCFCNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDJul 1998


United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checki ...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/10/15 23:40
End of Day Share Price2019/10/15 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

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