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Webster Financial Corporation is a banks-regional business based in the US. Webster Financial Corporation shares (WBS) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Webster Financial Corporation employs 3,345 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Webster Financial Corporation share price

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Webster Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$19.08 - $63.81
50-day moving average $57.30
200-day moving average $45.83
Wall St. target price$62.73
PE ratio 16.1443
Dividend yield $1.6 (3.14%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.13

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Is Webster Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Webster Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

Webster Financial Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 16x. In other words, Webster Financial Corporation shares trade at around 16x 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.

Webster Financial Corporation's PEG ratio

Webster Financial Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.93. 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 Webster Financial Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Webster Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM $1.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 37.83%
Gross profit TTM $1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.9%
Return on equity TTM 9.13%
Profit margin 25.55%
Book value $34.60
Market capitalisation $4.6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Webster Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 1.2 million Webster Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Webster Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 22.6% down from 1.6 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Webster Financial Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Webster Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Webster Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Webster Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Webster Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 640163.35078534). Webster Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.91. In other words for every 100,000 Webster Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1910 shares are currently held short.

However Webster Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Webster Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Webster Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Webster Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Webster Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0158% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Webster Financial Corporation shares, roughly 16 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 Webster Financial Corporation.

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Webster Financial Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 40.51% of net profits

Recently Webster Financial Corporation has paid out, on average, around 40.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.16% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Webster Financial Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.16% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Webster Financial Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.6 per share.

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

Webster Financial Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 22 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 3 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Webster Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

Webster Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 April 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Webster Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Webster Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Webster Financial Corporation's share price.

Webster Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Webster Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.0761 up to $63.81. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WBS.US volatility(beta: 1.61)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Webster Financial Corporation's is 1.6078. This would suggest that Webster Financial Corporation's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Webster Financial Corporation overview

Webster Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Webster Bank, National Association that provides a range of banking, investment, and financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in the United States. It operates through three segments: Commercial Banking, HSA Bank, and Community Banking. The Commercial Banking segment provides lending, deposit, and cash management services to middle market companies; and commercial and industrial lending and leasing, commercial real estate lending, equipment financing, and asset-based lending, as well as treasury and payment services. This segment also offers asset management, financial planning and trust services, and deposit and loan products for high net worth clients, not-for-profit organizations, and business clients. The HSA Bank segment offers health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts, flexible spending accounts, and other financial solutions to employers for the benefit of their employees and individuals. The Community Banking segment offers deposit and fee-based services, residential mortgages, home equity lines or loans, unsecured consumer loans, and credit cards to consumers, as well as investment and securities-related services, including brokerage and investment advice through a strategic partnership with LPL Financial Holdings Inc. This segment also provides credit, deposit, and cash flow management products to businesses and professional service firms.

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