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How to buy Westamerica Bancorporation stock

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Westamerica Bancorporation is a banks-regional business based in the US. Westamerica Bancorporation shares (WABC) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Westamerica Bancorporation employs 578 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Westamerica Bancorporation share price

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Westamerica Bancorporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$50.56 - $66.85
50-day moving average $63.67
200-day moving average $58.62
Wall St. target price$69.00
PE ratio 20.8965
Dividend yield $1.64 (2.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $3.10

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Is Westamerica Bancorporation under- or over-valued?

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

Westamerica Bancorporation's P/E ratio

Westamerica 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 21x. In other words, Westamerica Bancorporation shares trade at around 21x 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.

Westamerica Bancorporation's PEG ratio

Westamerica Bancorporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 8.32. 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 Westamerica Bancorporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Westamerica Bancorporation financials

Revenue TTM $210.5 million
Operating margin TTM 53.2%
Gross profit TTM $205.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.33%
Return on equity TTM 11.02%
Profit margin 39.71%
Book value $30.23
Market capitalisation $1.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Westamerica Bancorporation shares

There are currently 1.0 million Westamerica Bancorporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Westamerica Bancorporation's "short interest". This figure is 1.1% down from 1.0 million last month.

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

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

Westamerica Bancorporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Westamerica Bancorporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Westamerica Bancorporation shares traded daily (recently around 129857.74111675). Westamerica Bancorporation's SIR currently stands at 7.88. In other words for every 100,000 Westamerica Bancorporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7880 shares are currently held short.

However Westamerica Bancorporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Westamerica Bancorporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Westamerica Bancorporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Westamerica Bancorporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Westamerica Bancorporation shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0666% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Westamerica Bancorporation shares, roughly 67 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 Westamerica Bancorporation.

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Westamerica Bancorporation share dividends

46%

Dividend payout ratio: 45.81% of net profits

Recently Westamerica Bancorporation has paid out, on average, around 45.81% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.59% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Westamerica Bancorporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.59% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Westamerica Bancorporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.64 per share.

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

Westamerica Bancorporation's most recent dividend payout was on 18 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 4 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Westamerica Bancorporation's shares ever split?

Westamerica Bancorporation's shares were split on a 3:1 basis on 25 February 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Westamerica Bancorporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 66.7% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Westamerica Bancorporation shares which in turn could have impacted Westamerica Bancorporation's share price.

Westamerica Bancorporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Westamerica Bancorporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $50.5581 up to $66.85. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WABC.US volatility(beta: 0.69)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 Westamerica Bancorporation's is 0.6939. This would suggest that Westamerica Bancorporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Westamerica Bancorporation overview

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding company for the Westamerica Bank that provides various banking products and services to individual and commercial customers. The company accepts various deposit products, including retail savings and checking accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio includes commercial, commercial and residential real estate, real estate construction, and consumer installment loans, as well as other loans primarily consisting of indirect automobile loans. Westamerica Bancorporation operates through 79 branch offices in 21 counties in Northern and Central California. The company was formerly known as Independent Bankshares Corporation and changed its name to Westamerica Bancorporation in 1983. Westamerica Bancorporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California. .

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