Critical Comparison: Glacier Bancorp (NASDAQ:GBCI) and Its Peers

Glacier Bancorp (NASDAQ: GBCI) is one of 308 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Glacier Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, earnings, valuation and risk.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Glacier Bancorp and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Glacier Bancorp 0 2 1 0 2.33
Glacier Bancorp Competitors 2263 8670 8665 359 2.36

Glacier Bancorp currently has a consensus target price of $40.67, suggesting a potential upside of 3.72%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 0.03%. Given Glacier Bancorp’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Glacier Bancorp is more favorable than its competitors.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

81.6% of Glacier Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.7% of Glacier Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Glacier Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Glacier Bancorp pays out 49.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Glacier Bancorp 27.69% 11.35% 1.37%
Glacier Bancorp Competitors 18.58% 8.14% 0.92%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Glacier Bancorp and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Glacier Bancorp $451.47 million $121.13 million 22.93
Glacier Bancorp Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 386.13

Glacier Bancorp’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Glacier Bancorp. Glacier Bancorp is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Volatility and Risk

Glacier Bancorp has a beta of 1.45, suggesting that its stock price is 45% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Glacier Bancorp’s competitors have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Glacier Bancorp competitors beat Glacier Bancorp on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Glacier Bancorp Company Profile

Glacier Bancorp, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company provides commercial banking services. As of December 31, 2016, it provided banking services from approximately 140 locations in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Washington, through its bank subsidiary, Glacier Bank (the Bank). It offers a range of banking products and services, including transaction and savings deposits, real estate, commercial, agriculture, and consumer loans and mortgage origination services. It serves individuals, small to medium-sized businesses, community organizations and public entities. It focuses its lending activities primarily on various types of loans, including first-mortgage, conventional loans secured by residential properties, particularly single-family; commercial lending, including agriculture that concentrates on targeted businesses, and installment lending for consumer purposes, including home equity and automobile.

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