Ameris Bancorp (ABCB) is a leading banks-regional business based in the US. Ameris Bancorp is listed on the NASDAQ and employs 2,656 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
|52-week range||$16.8198 - $45.18|
|50-day moving average||$39.9076|
|200-day moving average||$29.5857|
|Wall St. target price||$41.71|
|Dividend yield||$0.6 (1.4%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.291|
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Valuing Ameris Bancorp stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ameris Bancorp's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Ameris 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 13x. In other words, Ameris Bancorp shares trade at around 13x 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.
Ameris Bancorp's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.45. 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 Ameris 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.
|Revenue TTM||$894.7 million|
|Operating margin TTM||39.87%|
|Gross profit TTM||$673.9 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.22%|
|Return on equity TTM||9.19%|
|Market capitalisation||$3.1 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 2.0 million Ameris Bancorp shares held short by investors – that's known as Ameris Bancorp's "short interest". This figure is 8.3% up from 1.8 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ameris Bancorp shares can be evaluated.
Ameris Bancorp's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ameris Bancorp shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ameris Bancorp shares traded daily (recently around 400503.46938776). Ameris Bancorp's SIR currently stands at 4.9. In other words for every 100,000 Ameris Bancorp shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4900 shares are currently held short.
However Ameris Bancorp's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ameris Bancorp shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ameris Bancorp shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ameris Bancorp's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ameris Bancorp shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0351% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ameris Bancorp shares, roughly 35 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 Ameris Bancorp.
Find out more about how you can short Ameris Bancorp stock.
Dividend payout ratio: 15.71% of net profits
Recently Ameris Bancorp has paid out, on average, around 15.71% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.4% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Ameris Bancorp shareholders could enjoy a 1.4% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Ameris Bancorp's case, that would currently equate to about $0.6 per share.
While Ameris Bancorp's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Ameris Bancorp is investing more in its future growth.
Ameris Bancorp's most recent dividend payout was on 11 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
Ameris Bancorp's shares were split on a 211:210 basis on 28 June 2010. So if you had owned 210 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 211 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Ameris Bancorp shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 0.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Ameris Bancorp shares which in turn could have impacted Ameris Bancorp's share price.
Over the last 12 months, Ameris Bancorp's shares have ranged in value from as little as $16.8198 up to $45.18. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Ameris Bancorp's is 1.4711. This would suggest that Ameris 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).
Ameris Bancorp operates as the bank holding company for Ameris Bank that provides banking services to retail and commercial customers primarily in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina. The company operates through five segments: Banking Division, Retail Mortgage Division, Warehouse Lending Division, SBA Division, and Premium Finance Division. It offers commercial and retail checking, regular interest-bearing savings, money market, individual retirement, and certificates of deposit accounts. The company also provides commercial real estate, residential real estate mortgage, agricultural, and commercial and industrial loans; consumer loans, including motor vehicle, home improvement, and home equity loans, as well as loans secured by savings accounts and small unsecured personal credit lines; and municipal and commercial insurance premium finance loans. It operates 170 domestic banking offices and 31 mortgage and loan production offices. Ameris Bancorp was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
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