Comparing Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) & The Competition

Washington Federal (NASDAQ: WAFD) is one of 305 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Washington Federal to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.


Washington Federal pays an annual dividend of $0.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.7%. Washington Federal pays out 30.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.


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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Washington Federal 28.87% 8.63% 1.15%
Washington Federal Competitors 18.45% 8.19% 0.92%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Washington Federal and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Washington Federal $601.13 million $173.53 million 18.38
Washington Federal Competitors $5.61 billion $843.41 million 408.95

Washington Federal’s rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Washington Federal. Washington Federal 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.

Volatility & Risk

Washington Federal has a beta of 1.15, suggesting that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Washington Federal’s rivals have a beta of 0.79, suggesting that their average share price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Washington Federal and its rivals, as reported by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Washington Federal 0 3 0 0 2.00
Washington Federal Competitors 2404 8633 8625 367 2.35

Washington Federal presently has a consensus price target of $34.67, suggesting a potential downside of 2.76%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 11.76%. Given Washington Federal’s higher possible upside, research analysts plainly believe Washington Federal is more favorable than its rivals.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

83.2% of Washington Federal shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.1% of Washington Federal shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Washington Federal rivals beat Washington Federal on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About Washington Federal

Washington Federal, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company conducts its operations through a federally insured national bank subsidiary, Washington Federal, National Association (the Bank). The business of the Bank consists primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans of various types, including first lien mortgages on single-family dwellings, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, loans on multi-family, commercial real estate and other income producing properties, home equity loans and business loans. As of September 30, 2016, Washington Federal had 238 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Through its subsidiaries, the Company is also engaged in real estate investment and insurance brokerage activities. The Bank offers various consumer checking account products, both interest bearing and non-interest bearing, and business checking accounts.

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