Head-To-Head Survey: WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) vs. The Competition

WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ: WFBI) is one of 199 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare WashingtonFirst Bankshares to similar companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations and risk.


This table compares WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WashingtonFirst Bankshares 19.00% 18.37% 1.00%
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors 20.45% 8.69% 0.93%

Risk & Volatility

WashingtonFirst Bankshares has a beta of 0.11, indicating that its share price is 89% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ rivals have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

55.9% of WashingtonFirst Bankshares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 20.7% of WashingtonFirst Bankshares shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


WashingtonFirst Bankshares pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. WashingtonFirst Bankshares pays out 13.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WashingtonFirst Bankshares 0 1 0 0 2.00
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors 365 2891 2337 67 2.37

WashingtonFirst Bankshares currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, suggesting a potential downside of 19.77%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 1.85%. Given WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe WashingtonFirst Bankshares has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its rivals top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
WashingtonFirst Bankshares $101.35 million $18.00 million 23.11
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors $343.96 million $72.97 million 21.74

WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than WashingtonFirst Bankshares. WashingtonFirst Bankshares 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.


WashingtonFirst Bankshares rivals beat WashingtonFirst Bankshares on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

WashingtonFirst Bankshares Company Profile

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank (the Bank), operates banking offices throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Company’s segments include Commercial Bank, Mortgage Bank, Wealth Management and Other. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio, Inc. (Wealth Advisors), located in Fairfax, Virginia, and mortgage banking services through the Bank’s subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation, which operates in two locations: Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland. The Company offers a range of commercial banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, professional service firms and individuals in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

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