Analyzing Webster Financial Corporation (WBS) and Credit Suisse Group (CS)

Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) and Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, dividends and risk.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Webster Financial Corporation and Credit Suisse Group’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Webster Financial Corporation $976.03 million 4.75 $220.98 million $2.40 20.97
Credit Suisse Group $22.10 billion 1.81 -$1.79 billion ($0.70) -22.40

Webster Financial Corporation has higher revenue, but lower earnings than Credit Suisse Group. Credit Suisse Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Webster Financial Corporation, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Webster Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $1.04 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Credit Suisse Group pays an annual dividend of $0.72 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.6%. Webster Financial Corporation pays out 43.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Credit Suisse Group pays out -102.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Credit Suisse Group has increased its dividend for 6 consecutive years. Credit Suisse Group is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

Profitability

This table compares Webster Financial Corporation and Credit Suisse Group’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Webster Financial Corporation 20.43% 9.49% 0.89%
Credit Suisse Group -4.84% -2.93% -0.16%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Webster Financial Corporation and Credit Suisse Group, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Webster Financial Corporation 1 5 2 0 2.13
Credit Suisse Group 1 0 9 0 2.80

Webster Financial Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $52.29, suggesting a potential upside of 3.89%. Credit Suisse Group has a consensus price target of $16.00, suggesting a potential upside of 2.04%. Given Webster Financial Corporation’s higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Webster Financial Corporation is more favorable than Credit Suisse Group.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

93.7% of Webster Financial Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 2.9% of Credit Suisse Group shares are held by institutional investors. 2.2% of Webster Financial Corporation shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility & Risk

Webster Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.27, meaning that its share price is 27% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Credit Suisse Group has a beta of 1.4, meaning that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Webster Financial Corporation beats Credit Suisse Group on 9 of the 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

Webster Financial Corporation Company Profile

Webster Financial Corporation is a bank and financial holding company. The Company’s segments include Commercial Banking, Community Banking, HSA Bank, Private Banking, and Corporate and Reconciling. The Commercial Banking segment includes middle-market, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, equipment finance, and treasury and payment solutions, which includes government and institutional banking. The Community Banking segment consists of its Personal Banking and Business Banking segments. HSA Bank, a division of its subsidiary, Webster Bank, National Association, offers health savings accounts, health reimbursement accounts, flexible spending accounts, and other financial solutions. Private Banking serves high-net-worth clients, not-for-profit organizations, and business clients with asset management, trust, loan and deposit products, and financial planning services. Its treasury unit and consumer-liquidating portfolio are included in the Corporate and Reconciling segment.

Credit Suisse Group Company Profile

Credit Suisse Group AG (Credit Suisse) is a financial services company. The Company’s segments include Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management, Asia Pacific, Global Markets, Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Strategic Resolution Unit and Corporate Center. It offers a range of private banking and wealth management solutions to its clients in its Swiss Universal Bank, International Wealth Management and Asia Pacific divisions. It offers a range of investment advice and discretionary asset management services. It offers a range of investment services, including macroeconomic, equity, bond, commodity and foreign-exchange analysis, as well as research on the economy. Its investment advice covers a range of services from portfolio consulting to advising on individual investments. The Company offers its clients portfolio and risk management solutions, including managed investment products.

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