Contrasting WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) and The Competition

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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
WesBanco $367.60 million $86.63 million 18.20
WesBanco Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 383.03

WesBanco’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than WesBanco. WesBanco 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for WesBanco and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WesBanco 0 5 2 0 2.29
WesBanco Competitors 2270 8758 8685 359 2.36

WesBanco currently has a consensus price target of $42.25, suggesting a potential downside of 0.35%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 0.86%. Given WesBanco’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe WesBanco is more favorable than its rivals.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

59.1% of WesBanco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of WesBanco 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, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility and Risk

WesBanco has a beta of 1, indicating that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.Comparatively, WesBanco’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, indicating that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WesBanco 24.73% 7.66% 1.07%
WesBanco Competitors 18.78% 8.20% 0.92%

Dividends

WesBanco pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. WesBanco pays out 44.6% 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.

Summary

WesBanco rivals beat WesBanco on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

WesBanco Company Profile

WesBanco, Inc. (WesBanco) is a bank holding company. The Company offers a range of financial services, including retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust services, brokerage services, mortgage banking and insurance. WesBanco offers its services through two segments: community banking, which offers services, such as commercial demand, individual demand and time deposit accounts, as well as commercial, mortgage and individual installment loans, and trust and investment services, which offers trust services, as well as various alternative investment products, including mutual funds. The Community Banking segment also offers insurance and securities brokerage services, among others. As of December 31, 2016, WesBanco operated one commercial bank, WesBanco Bank, Inc. through 174 branches and 163 automated teller machines (ATMs) located in West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and southern Indiana.

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