Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ: WABC) is one of 327 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Westamerica Bancorporation to related companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, profitability, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation and dividends.

Dividends

Westamerica Bancorporation pays an annual dividend of $1.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. Westamerica Bancorporation pays out 66.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 37.1% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Westamerica Bancorporation has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Volatility and Risk

Westamerica Bancorporation has a beta of 1.1, meaning that its stock price is 10% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westamerica Bancorporation’s rivals have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations for Westamerica Bancorporation and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westamerica Bancorporation 0 2 0 0 2.00
Westamerica Bancorporation Competitors 1983 7884 8075 306 2.37

Westamerica Bancorporation presently has a consensus price target of $56.00, indicating a potential downside of 4.89%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 6.68%. Given Westamerica Bancorporation’s higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Westamerica Bancorporation is more favorable than its rivals.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Westamerica Bancorporation and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Westamerica Bancorporation $183.21 million N/A 25.16
Westamerica Bancorporation Competitors N/A N/A 18.99

Westamerica Bancorporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Profitability

This table compares Westamerica Bancorporation and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westamerica Bancorporation 33.83% 10.57% 1.14%
Westamerica Bancorporation Competitors 18.86% 8.80% 0.93%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

83.7% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Westamerica Bancorporation beats its rivals on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Westamerica Bancorporation

Westamerica Bancorporation is a bank holding company. The Company provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers in Northern and Central California through its subsidiary bank, Westamerica Bank. The communities served are located in Northern and Central California, from Mendocino, Lake and Nevada Counties in the north to Kern County in the south. It provides a range of loans, including commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, residential real estate loans, and consumer installment and other loans. It maintains a securities portfolio consisting of securities issued by the United States Treasury, United States Government sponsored entities, agency and non-agency mortgage backed securities (MBS), non-agency commercial MBS, agency residential collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO), non-agency residential CMO, obligations of states and political subdivisions, asset-backed securities, corporate securities and other securities.

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