Westpac Banking (NYSE: WBK) and WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) are both finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Westpac Banking and WesBanco’s top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio NetIncome Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westpac Banking $28.58 billion 2.83 $6.09 billion N/A N/A
WesBanco $367.60 million 4.79 $86.63 million $2.34 17.10

Westpac Banking has higher revenue and earnings than WesBanco.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.6% of Westpac Banking shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 58.3% of WesBanco shares are owned by institutional investors. 4.1% of WesBanco shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Westpac Banking and WesBanco’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westpac Banking N/A N/A N/A
WesBanco 24.73% 7.66% 1.07%


Westpac Banking pays an annual dividend of $1.42 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.9%. WesBanco pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.6%. WesBanco pays out 44.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Volatility and Risk

Westpac Banking has a beta of 1.33, meaning that its share price is 33% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WesBanco has a beta of 1, meaning that its share price has a similar volatility profile to the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations and price targets for Westpac Banking and WesBanco, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westpac Banking 0 3 2 0 2.40
WesBanco 0 5 2 0 2.29

WesBanco has a consensus price target of $42.00, indicating a potential upside of 4.97%. Given WesBanco’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe WesBanco is more favorable than Westpac Banking.


WesBanco beats Westpac Banking on 7 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Westpac Banking Company Profile

Westpac Banking Corporation is a banking organization. The Company provides a range of banking and financial services in markets, including consumer, business and institutional banking and wealth management services. The Company is engaged in the provision of financial services, including lending, deposit taking, payments services, investment portfolio management and advice, superannuation and funds management, insurance services, leasing finance, general finance, interest rate risk management and foreign exchange services. The Company’s segments include Consumer Bank, Business Bank, BT Financial Group (BTFG), Westpac Institutional Bank (WIB) and Westpac New Zealand. The Company has branches throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and in the Pacific region. The Company through its division offers its services under various brands, such as Westpac, St.George, BankSA, Bank of Melbourne and RAMS brands.

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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