Head-To-Head Contrast: Waterstone Financial (WSBF) versus Its Peers
Waterstone Financial (NASDAQ: WSBF) is one of 310 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its peers? We will compare Waterstone Financial to similar businesses based on the strength of its institutional ownership, valuation, analyst recommendations, earnings, risk, dividends and profitability.
Earnings & Valuation
This table compares Waterstone Financial and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Net Income||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|Waterstone Financial||$190.10 million||$25.53 million||16.90|
|Waterstone Financial Competitors||$5.50 billion||$827.87 million||390.56|
This is a summary of recent recommendations for Waterstone Financial and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|Waterstone Financial Competitors||2421||8789||8742||364||2.35|
Waterstone Financial currently has a consensus price target of $19.00, suggesting a potential upside of 7.04%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.54%. Given Waterstone Financial’s higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Waterstone Financial is more favorable than its peers.
This table compares Waterstone Financial and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|Waterstone Financial Competitors||18.81%||8.19%||0.93%|
Insider and Institutional Ownership
59.8% of Waterstone Financial shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.3% of Waterstone Financial shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.
Waterstone Financial pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Waterstone Financial pays out 45.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Risk & Volatility
Waterstone Financial has a beta of 0.08, suggesting that its stock price is 92% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Waterstone Financial’s peers have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average stock price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Waterstone Financial peers beat Waterstone Financial on 10 of the 15 factors compared.
About Waterstone Financial
Waterstone Financial, Inc. is the holding company of WaterStone Bank SSB (WaterStone Bank). WaterStone Bank is a community bank. The Company operates in two segments: community banking and mortgage banking. The community banking segment provides consumer and business banking products and services. Its consumer products include loan products, deposit products, and personal investment services. Its business banking products include loans for working capital, inventory and general corporate use, commercial real estate construction loans, and deposit accounts. The mortgage banking segment, which is conducted through Waterstone Mortgage Corporation, consists of originating residential mortgage loans primarily for sale in the secondary market. As of December 31, 2015, WaterStone Bank conducted its community banking business from 11 banking offices located in Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha Counties, Wisconsin, as well as a loan production office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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