Reviewing WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) & The Competition
WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ: WFBI) is one of 210 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare WashingtonFirst Bankshares to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.
This table compares WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
|WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors||20.66%||8.73%||0.93%|
WashingtonFirst Bankshares pays an annual dividend of $0.21 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. WashingtonFirst Bankshares pays out 13.9% 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 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.
Earnings and Valuation
This table compares WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||NetIncome||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|WashingtonFirst Bankshares||$101.35 million||$18.00 million||22.08|
|WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors||$343.38 million||$72.34 million||21.07|
WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than WashingtonFirst Bankshares. WashingtonFirst Bankshares is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.
Risk & Volatility
WashingtonFirst Bankshares has a beta of 0.13, meaning that its stock price is 87% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ competitors have a beta of 0.75, meaning that their average stock price is 25% less volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider and Institutional Ownership
55.1% of WashingtonFirst Bankshares shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.1% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 20.7% of WashingtonFirst Bankshares shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% 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.
This is a summary of recent recommendations for WashingtonFirst Bankshares and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
|WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors||360||2855||2309||66||2.37|
WashingtonFirst Bankshares currently has a consensus target price of $28.00, indicating a potential downside of 16.02%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 8.42%. Given WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ competitors stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WashingtonFirst Bankshares has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.
WashingtonFirst Bankshares competitors beat WashingtonFirst Bankshares on 9 of the 15 factors compared.
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Company Profile
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank (the Bank), operates banking offices throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The Company’s segments include Commercial Bank, Mortgage Bank, Wealth Management and Other. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio, Inc. (Wealth Advisors), located in Fairfax, Virginia, and mortgage banking services through the Bank’s subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation, which operates in two locations: Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland. The Company offers a range of commercial banking products and services to small-to-medium sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, professional service firms and individuals in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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