Northwest Bancshares (NASDAQ: NWBI) is one of 310 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its rivals? We will compare Northwest Bancshares to related companies based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and valuation.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Northwest Bancshares and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Northwest Bancshares $430.99 million $49.66 million 18.05
Northwest Bancshares Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 387.76

Northwest Bancshares’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than Northwest Bancshares. Northwest Bancshares 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.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northwest Bancshares 20.59% 7.54% 0.94%
Northwest Bancshares Competitors 18.41% 8.29% 0.93%

Risk & Volatility

Northwest Bancshares has a beta of 0.63, meaning that its share price is 37% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Northwest Bancshares’ rivals have a beta of 0.78, meaning that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for Northwest Bancshares and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northwest Bancshares 0 3 0 0 2.00
Northwest Bancshares Competitors 2188 8510 8587 334 2.36

Northwest Bancshares currently has a consensus target price of $17.00, indicating a potential upside of 0.18%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 6.93%. Given Northwest Bancshares’ higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe Northwest Bancshares is more favorable than its rivals.

Dividends

Northwest Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.64 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Northwest Bancshares pays out 68.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.8% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

64.5% of Northwest Bancshares shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.2% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Northwest Bancshares shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Summary

Northwest Bancshares rivals beat Northwest Bancshares on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

About Northwest Bancshares

Northwest Bancshares, Inc. (Northwest) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s principal business consists of attracting deposits and making loans secured by various types of collateral, including real estate and other assets in the markets in which it operates. Its segments include Community Banking and Consumer Finance. The Community Banking segment includes its savings bank subsidiary, Northwest Bank, as well as the subsidiaries of the savings bank that provide similar products and services. The bank is a community-oriented institution that offers a range of personal and business deposit and loan products, including mortgage, consumer, and commercial loans, as well as trust, investment management, actuarial and benefit plan administration, and brokerage services typically offered by a full service financial institution. The Consumer Finance segment comprises Northwest Consumer Discount Company, a subsidiary of Northwest Bank.

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