Associated Banc (NYSE: ASB) is one of 199 public companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Associated Banc to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, risk, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Associated Banc $1.14 billion $200.27 million 17.28
Associated Banc Competitors $343.96 million $72.97 million 19.17

Associated Banc has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. Associated Banc 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

Associated Banc pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Associated Banc pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.5% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Associated Banc 19.54% 7.81% 0.79%
Associated Banc Competitors 20.46% 8.69% 0.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations and price targets for Associated Banc and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Associated Banc 0 11 0 0 2.00
Associated Banc Competitors 371 2907 2345 68 2.37

Associated Banc currently has a consensus target price of $25.60, indicating a potential upside of 2.20%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.29%. Given Associated Banc’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Associated Banc has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.6% of Associated Banc shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Associated Banc shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Associated Banc has a beta of 1.19, indicating that its share price is 19% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Associated Banc’s rivals have a beta of 0.74, indicating that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Associated Banc rivals beat Associated Banc on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Associated Banc

Associated Banc-Corp is a bank holding company. The Company, through its banking subsidiary Associated Bank, National Association (the Bank) and various nonbanking subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and non-banking products and services to individuals. The Company operates through three segments: Corporate and Commercial Specialty; Community, Consumer, and Business, and Risk Management and Shared Services. The Corporate and Commercial Specialty segment consists of lending and deposit solutions to businesses, developers, not-for-profits, municipalities and financial institutions. The Corporate and Commercial Specialty segment consists of lending and deposit solutions to businesses, developers, not-for-profits, municipalities and financial institutions. The Risk Management and Shared Services segment includes Corporate Risk Management, Credit Administration, Finance, Treasury, Operations and Technology, which are shared functions.

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