Contrasting Bankwell Financial Group (BWFG) & Its Competitors

Bankwell Financial Group (NASDAQ: BWFG) is one of 309 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Bankwell Financial Group to related businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, earnings and profitability.

Risk & Volatility

Bankwell Financial Group has a beta of 1.14, meaning that its stock price is 14% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Bankwell Financial Group’s peers have a beta of 0.81, meaning that their average stock price is 19% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Bankwell Financial Group and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Bankwell Financial Group $63.67 million $12.35 million 17.92
Bankwell Financial Group Competitors $5.69 billion $840.08 million 405.74

Bankwell Financial Group’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Bankwell Financial Group. Bankwell Financial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Bankwell Financial Group and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bankwell Financial Group 0 0 1 0 3.00
Bankwell Financial Group Competitors 2422 8850 8813 368 2.35

Bankwell Financial Group presently has a consensus price target of $37.00, indicating a potential upside of 6.41%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.29%. Given Bankwell Financial Group’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Bankwell Financial Group is more favorable than its peers.

Dividends

Bankwell Financial Group pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Bankwell Financial Group pays out 14.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 36.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

48.5% of Bankwell Financial Group shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.0% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 22.4% of Bankwell Financial Group shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Profitability

This table compares Bankwell Financial Group and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bankwell Financial Group 20.74% 9.92% 0.88%
Bankwell Financial Group Competitors 18.19% 8.26% 0.93%

Summary

Bankwell Financial Group beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Bankwell Financial Group Company Profile

Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. is a bank holding company. The Company offers a range of financial services through its banking subsidiary, Bankwell Bank (the Bank). The Bank is a Connecticut state non-member bank. The Bank provides a range of banking services to commercial and consumer customers, concentrated in the Fairfield and New Haven Counties region of Connecticut. The Bank’s commercial lending products include owner-occupied commercial real estate loans, commercial real estate investment loans, commercial loans (such as business term loans, equipment financing and lines of credit) to small and mid-sized businesses, and real estate construction and development loans. The Bank’s retail lending products include residential mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit and consumer installment loans. Its depository products include checking, savings, money market, certificates of deposit, noninterest-bearing demand, negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) and time deposits.

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