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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. West Bancorporation employs 162 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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West Bancorporation share price

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West Bancorporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$14.00 - $26.78
50-day moving average $25.00
200-day moving average $21.15
Wall St. target price$25.00
PE ratio 12.4015
Dividend yield $0.84 (3.44%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $1.98

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Is it a good time to buy West Bancorporation stock?

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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 $80.4 million
Operating margin TTM 52.95%
Gross profit TTM $80.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.16%
Return on equity TTM 15.02%
Profit margin 40.67%
Book value $13.58
Market capitalisation $409 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting West Bancorporation shares

There are currently 444,744 West Bancorporation shares held short by investors – that's known as West Bancorporation's "short interest". This figure is 5.1% down from 468,536 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 38373.080241588). West Bancorporation's SIR currently stands at 11.59. In other words for every 100,000 West Bancorporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 11590 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 0.028% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable West Bancorporation shares, roughly 28 shares are currently held short).

A SIR above 10% would generally be considered pretty high, pointing to a potentially pessimistic outlook for the share price and a discouraging interest in betting 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 3.6% 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 3.6% 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 23 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have West Bancorporation's shares ever split?

West Bancorporation's shares were split on 26 July 2006.

West Bancorporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, West Bancorporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $14.004 up to $26.78. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WTBA.US volatility(beta: 0.99)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 0.9939. 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 each in Rochester, Owatonna, Mankato, and St.

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