Analyzing Comerica (NYSE:CMA) and The Competition

Comerica (NYSE: CMA) is one of 311 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Comerica to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, dividends and valuation.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Comerica 24.87% 10.35% 1.09%
Comerica Competitors 18.69% 8.21% 0.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and target prices for Comerica and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Comerica 2 9 11 0 2.41
Comerica Competitors 2270 8688 8638 359 2.36

Comerica currently has a consensus target price of $86.26, suggesting a potential downside of 6.76%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.92%. Given Comerica’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Comerica is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

82.0% of Comerica shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.1% of Comerica shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Comerica $2.96 billion $477.00 million 20.98
Comerica Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 385.38

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

Dividends

Comerica pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.3%. Comerica pays out 27.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Comerica has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Comerica has a beta of 1.5, meaning that its share price is 50% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Comerica’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, meaning that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Comerica beats its rivals on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About Comerica

Comerica Incorporated is a financial services company. The Company’s principal activity is lending to and accepting deposits from businesses and individuals. The Company’s segments include the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, Wealth Management, Finance and Other. The Business Bank serves middle market businesses, multinational corporations and governmental entities by offering various products and services, including commercial loans and lines of credit, deposits, cash management, capital market products, international trade finance, letters of credit, foreign exchange management services and loan syndication services. The Retail Bank includes small business banking and personal financial services, consisting of consumer lending, consumer deposit gathering and mortgage loan origination. The Wealth Management segment offers products and services consisting of fiduciary services, private banking, retirement services, investment advisory services, investment banking and brokerage services.

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