Reviewing Western New England Bancorp (NASDAQ:WNEB) and Its Competitors

Western New England Bancorp (NASDAQ: WNEB) is one of 199 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its competitors? We will compare Western New England Bancorp to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership and profitability.

Profitability

This table compares Western New England Bancorp and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Western New England Bancorp 18.20% 5.95% 0.71%
Western New England Bancorp Competitors 20.49% 8.70% 0.93%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Western New England Bancorp and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Western New England Bancorp $54.57 million $4.83 million 22.24
Western New England Bancorp Competitors $343.96 million $72.97 million 21.50

Western New England Bancorp’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Western New England Bancorp. Western New England Bancorp 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.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Western New England Bancorp and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Western New England Bancorp 0 3 1 0 2.25
Western New England Bancorp Competitors 365 2895 2342 68 2.37

Western New England Bancorp presently has a consensus target price of $11.50, suggesting a potential upside of 5.50%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 3.87%. Given Western New England Bancorp’s higher probable upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Western New England Bancorp is more favorable than its competitors.

Volatility and Risk

Western New England Bancorp has a beta of 0.39, suggesting that its share price is 61% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Western New England Bancorp’s competitors have a beta of 0.74, suggesting that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Western New England Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.12 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.1%. Western New England Bancorp pays out 24.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 35.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

56.7% of Western New England Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 47.3% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.6% of Western New England Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Summary

Western New England Bancorp competitors beat Western New England Bancorp on 12 of the 15 factors compared.

About Western New England Bancorp

Western New England Bancorp, Inc., formerly Westfield Financial, Inc., is a Massachusetts-chartered stock holding company. The Company serves as a holding company for Westfield Bank (the Bank). It is a provider of banking products and services to business organizations and individuals, including products such as residential and commercial loans, consumer loans and a variety of deposit products. It focuses on residential real estate lending, as well as servicing commercial customers, including commercial and industrial lending and commercial deposit relationships. In addition, it provides online banking services. It operates through over 21 banking offices located in Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Ludlow, Southwick, Springfield, Ware, West Springfield and Westfield, Massachusetts, and Granby and Enfield, Connecticut. It also has over 10 automated teller machine (ATM) locations in Holyoke, Southwick, Springfield, West Springfield and Westfield, Massachusetts.

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