Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) is one of 200 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare Associated Banc-Corp to related businesses based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

76.9% of Associated Banc-Corp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 45.9% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.8% of Associated Banc-Corp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.8% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Associated Banc-Corp 19.54% 7.81% 0.79%
Associated Banc-Corp Competitors 20.46% 8.66% 0.92%

Volatility & Risk

Associated Banc-Corp has a beta of 1.2, suggesting that its stock price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Associated Banc-Corp’s rivals have a beta of 0.73, suggesting that their average stock price is 27% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Associated Banc-Corp pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Associated Banc-Corp pays out 33.1% 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 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Associated Banc-Corp is clearly a better dividend stock than its rivals, given its higher yield and lower payout ratio.

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Associated Banc-Corp $1.14 billion $200.27 million 16.76
Associated Banc-Corp Competitors $341.79 million $72.49 million 20.92

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

Analyst Recommendations

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Associated Banc-Corp 0 11 0 0 2.00
Associated Banc-Corp Competitors 361 2859 2309 68 2.37

Associated Banc-Corp currently has a consensus target price of $25.50, suggesting a potential upside of 4.94%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 6.84%. Given Associated Banc-Corp’s rivals stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Associated Banc-Corp has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Summary

Associated Banc-Corp rivals beat Associated Banc-Corp on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

Associated Banc-Corp Company Profile

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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