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.

Profitability

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 19.00% 18.37% 1.00%
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Competitors 20.66% 8.73% 0.93%

Dividends

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.

Analyst Ratings

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 0 1 0 0 2.00
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.

Summary

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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