BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare BankUnited to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, earnings, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares BankUnited and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BankUnited $973.23 million N/A 14.72
BankUnited Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 11.71

BankUnited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its competitors. BankUnited is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

98.6% of BankUnited shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 5.1% of BankUnited shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for BankUnited and its competitors, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BankUnited 0 3 7 0 2.70
BankUnited Competitors 158 557 513 23 2.32

BankUnited currently has a consensus target price of $40.82, indicating a potential upside of 24.37%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 28.98%. Given BankUnited’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe BankUnited has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

BankUnited has a beta of 1.07, indicating that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BankUnited’s competitors have a beta of 0.82, indicating that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.


BankUnited pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. BankUnited pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


This table compares BankUnited and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BankUnited 24.64% 10.03% 0.93%
BankUnited Competitors 15.01% -27.40% 0.88%


BankUnited beats its competitors on 10 of the 14 factors compared.

BankUnited Company Profile

BankUnited, Inc. is the bank holding company of BankUnited (the Bank). The bank is a national banking association. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank provided a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through 94 banking centers located in 15 Florida counties and six banking centers in the New York metropolitan area. The Bank also provides a range of traditional banking products and services to both its commercial and retail customers. The Company offers a range of lending products, including small business loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans and leases, term loans, formula-based loans, municipal and non-profit loans and leases, commercial and mortgage warehouse lines of credit, letters of credit and consumer loans. It offers traditional deposit products, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with a range of terms and rates.

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