Union Bankshares (UNB) versus The Competition Head-To-Head Review

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ: UNB) is one of 319 publicly-traded companies in the “State commercial banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Union Bankshares to related businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, earnings, risk, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Dividends

Union Bankshares pays an annual dividend of $1.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Union Bankshares pays out 43.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “State commercial banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 25.3% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Union Bankshares has raised its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Union Bankshares $52.75 million $12.81 million 10.48
Union Bankshares Competitors $1.22 billion $208.71 million 12.73

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

Union Bankshares has a beta of 1.02, suggesting that its share price is 2% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Union Bankshares’ rivals have a beta of 0.54, suggesting that their average share price is 46% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Union Bankshares and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Union Bankshares 0 0 0 0 N/A
Union Bankshares Competitors 2153 8906 7186 505 2.32

As a group, “State commercial banks” companies have a potential upside of 0.87%. Given Union Bankshares’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Union Bankshares has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Union Bankshares 25.41% 16.79% 1.25%
Union Bankshares Competitors 28.73% 12.41% 1.26%

Institutional & Insider Ownership

13.4% of Union Bankshares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 49.0% of shares of all “State commercial banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.3% of Union Bankshares shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “State commercial 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.

Summary

Union Bankshares rivals beat Union Bankshares on 9 of the 12 factors compared.

Union Bankshares Company Profile

Union Bankshares, Inc. operates as a one-bank holding company for Union Bank, which engages in the provision of retail, commercial, municipal banking, and asset management & trust services. It offers residential real estate loans, construction real estate loans, commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and municipal loans. The company was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Morrisville, VT.

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