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How to buy PacWest Bancorp stock

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PacWest Bancorp is a banks-regional business based in the US. PacWest Bancorp shares (PACW) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. PacWest Bancorp employs 1,700 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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PacWest Bancorp share price

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PacWest Bancorp shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$13.90 - $42.59
50-day moving average $39.39
200-day moving average $29.91
Wall St. target price$48.25
PE ratio 13.7841
Dividend yield $1 (2.51%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.94

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Is PacWest Bancorp under- or over-valued?

Valuing PacWest Bancorp stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of PacWest Bancorp's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

PacWest Bancorp's P/E ratio

PacWest Bancorp's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 14x. In other words, PacWest Bancorp shares trade at around 14x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

PacWest Bancorp's PEG ratio

PacWest Bancorp's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.56. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into PacWest Bancorp's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

PacWest Bancorp financials

Revenue TTM $1 billion
Operating margin TTM 50.64%
Gross profit TTM $821.6 million
Return on assets TTM 1.17%
Return on equity TTM 9.82%
Profit margin 34.29%
Book value $31.30
Market capitalisation $4.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting PacWest Bancorp shares

There are currently 2.7 million PacWest Bancorp shares held short by investors – that's known as PacWest Bancorp's "short interest". This figure is 12.4% down from 3.1 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting PacWest Bancorp shares can be evaluated.

PacWest Bancorp's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

PacWest Bancorp's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of PacWest Bancorp shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of PacWest Bancorp shares traded daily (recently around 1.5 million). PacWest Bancorp's SIR currently stands at 1.84. In other words for every 100,000 PacWest Bancorp shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1840 shares are currently held short.

However PacWest Bancorp's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of PacWest Bancorp shares, or, against the total number of tradable PacWest Bancorp shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case PacWest Bancorp's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 PacWest Bancorp shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0292% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable PacWest Bancorp shares, roughly 29 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against PacWest Bancorp.

Find out more about how you can short PacWest Bancorp stock.

PacWest Bancorp's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like PacWest Bancorp.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

PacWest Bancorp's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27.68

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and PacWest Bancorp's overall score of 27.68 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 54th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like PacWest Bancorp is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

PacWest Bancorp's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.69/100

PacWest Bancorp's environmental score of 0.69 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PacWest Bancorp is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PacWest Bancorp's social score

Social score: 14.54/100

PacWest Bancorp's social score of 14.54 puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that PacWest Bancorp is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

PacWest Bancorp's governance score

Governance score: 13.94/100

PacWest Bancorp's governance score puts it squarely in the 3rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that PacWest Bancorp is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

PacWest Bancorp's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. PacWest Bancorp scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that PacWest Bancorp has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

PacWest Bancorp was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 27.68
Total ESG percentile 54.06
Environmental score 0.69
Environmental score percentile 3
Social score 14.54
Social score percentile 3
Governance score 13.94
Governance score percentile 3
Level of controversy 1

PacWest Bancorp share dividends

31%

Dividend payout ratio: 31.3% of net profits

Recently PacWest Bancorp has paid out, on average, around 31.3% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.51% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), PacWest Bancorp shareholders could enjoy a 2.51% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In PacWest Bancorp's case, that would currently equate to about $1 per share.

While PacWest Bancorp's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that PacWest Bancorp may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

PacWest Bancorp's most recent dividend payout was on 9 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 25 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

PacWest Bancorp share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, PacWest Bancorp's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.9023 up to $42.59. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

PACW.US volatility(beta: 1.58)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while PacWest Bancorp's is 1.5803. This would suggest that PacWest Bancorp's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

PacWest Bancorp overview

PacWest Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Pacific Western Bank that provides various banking products and services. The company accepts demand, money market, and time deposits. It also provides real estate loans to professional developers and real estate investors for the acquisition, refinancing, renovation, and construction of commercial real estate properties; small business administration loans; asset-based loans for working capital needs; venture capital loans to support the operations of entrepreneurial and venture-backed companies; and equipment-secured loans and leases. In addition, the company offers consumer loans comprising personal loans, auto loans, home equity lines of credit, revolving lines of credit, and other loans. Further, it provides international banking and multi-state deposit services; money market sweep products; investment advisory and asset management services; treasury and cash management services; telephone banking, remote deposit, and online and mobile banking services; and automated teller machine services. The company offers its products and services to small and mid-sized companies, venture capital and private equity investors, professionals, and other individuals. It operates through 70 full-service branches located in California; one branch located in Durham, North Carolina; one branch located in Denver, Colorado; and various loan production offices.

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