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How to buy West Bancorporation stock

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West Bancorporation, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. West Bancorporation shares (WTBA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for West Bancorporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WTBA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until West Bancorporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of West Bancorporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of West Bancorporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

West Bancorporation share price

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West Bancorporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$13.1157 - USD$22.68
50-day moving average USD$21.2685
200-day moving average USD$18.8301
Wall St. target priceUSD$21
PE ratio 11.6819
Dividend yield USD$0.84 (3.71%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.98

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Is West Bancorporation under- or over-valued?

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

West Bancorporation's P/E ratio

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

West Bancorporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$80.4 million
Operating margin TTM 52.95%
Gross profit TTM USD$80.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.16%
Return on equity TTM 15.02%
Profit margin 40.67%
Book value $13.583
Market capitalisation USD$380.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting West Bancorporation shares

There are currently 426,327 West Bancorporation shares held short by investors – that's known as West Bancorporation's "short interest". This figure is 7% down from 458,251 last month.

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

West Bancorporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

West Bancorporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of West Bancorporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of West Bancorporation shares traded daily (recently around 45792.373791622). West Bancorporation's SIR currently stands at 9.31. In other words for every 100,000 West Bancorporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9310 shares are currently held short.

However West Bancorporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of West Bancorporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable West Bancorporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case West Bancorporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 West Bancorporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0267% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable West Bancorporation shares, roughly 27 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against West Bancorporation.

Find out more about how you can short West Bancorporation stock.

West Bancorporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 42.93% of net profits

Recently West Bancorporation has paid out, on average, around 42.93% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.91% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), West Bancorporation shareholders could enjoy a 3.91% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In West Bancorporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.84 per share.

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

West Bancorporation's most recent dividend payout was on 24 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 9 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have West Bancorporation's shares ever split?

West Bancorporation's shares were split on 27 July 2006.

West Bancorporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, West Bancorporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $13.1157 up to $22.68. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WTBA.US volatility(beta: 0.97)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 West Bancorporation's is 0.9669. This would suggest that West Bancorporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

West Bancorporation overview

West Bancorporation, Inc. operates as the financial holding company for West Bank that provides community banking and trust services to individuals and small- to medium-sized businesses in the United States. It accepts various deposit products, including checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as time certificates of deposit. The company also provides loan products comprising commercial real estate loans, construction and land development loans, commercial lines of credit, and commercial term loans; consumer loans, including loans extended to individuals for household, family, and other personal expenditures not secured by real estate; and 1-4 family residential mortgages and home equity loans. In addition, it offers trust services, including the administration of estates, conservatorships, personal trusts, and agency accounts. Further, the company provides internet and mobile banking services; treasury management services comprising cash management, client-generated automated clearing house transaction, remote deposit, and fraud protection services; and merchant credit card processing services and corporate credit cards. It has eight offices in the Des Moines area; one office in Coralville; and one office in Rochester, Minnesota. West Bancorporation, Inc. was founded in 1893 and is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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