Stock Analysis Report

Canadian Western Bank

Executive Summary

Canadian Western Bank provides personal and business banking products and services primarily in Western Canada.


Trading at 55.9% below its fair value

Revenue is forecast to grow 4.48% per year

Earnings grew by 7.3% over the past year

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 6.32%

Risk Analysis

Earnings are forecast to decline by an average of -1.7% per year for the next 3 years

High level of non-cash earnings

Highly volatile share price over past 3 months

Snowflake Analysis

Undervalued with excellent balance sheet and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has Canadian Western Bank's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CWB's share price has been volatile over the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




CA Banks


CA Market

1 Year Return




CA Banks


CA Market

Return vs Industry: CWB underperformed the Canadian Banks industry which returned -24.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CWB underperformed the Canadian Market which returned -24.6% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day5.0%-1.7%-0.05%
30 Day-38.0%-20.1%-21.2%
90 Day-42.3%-24.3%-24.7%
1 Year-32.4%-34.9%-20.9%-24.1%-22.1%-24.6%
3 Year-29.8%-36.7%-11.9%-21.7%-14.2%-22.1%
5 Year-25.6%-37.3%17.0%-4.2%-1.9%-16.5%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Canadian Western Bank's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Canadian Western Bank undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CWB (CA$18.36) is trading below our estimate of fair value (CA$41.62)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CWB is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CWB is good value based on its PE Ratio (5.9x) compared to the Banks industry average (7.9x).

PE vs Market: CWB is good value based on its PE Ratio (5.9x) compared to the Canadian market (10.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CWB's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CWB is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.6x) compared to the CA Banks industry average (1x).

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Future Growth

How is Canadian Western Bank forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 6 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CWB's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-1.7% per year).

Earnings vs Market: CWB's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-1.7% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CWB's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: CWB's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the Canadian market (3.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CWB's revenue (4.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if CWB's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time

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Past Performance

How has Canadian Western Bank performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CWB has a high level of non-cash earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CWB's current net profit margins (33.5%) are higher than last year (33%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CWB's earnings have grown by 7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CWB's earnings growth over the past year (7.3%) exceeds its 5-year average (7% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: CWB earnings growth over the past year (7.3%) exceeded the Banks industry 5.3%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: CWB's Return on Equity (9.9%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Canadian Western Bank's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: CWB has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: CWB's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: CWB's level of assets compared to its equity is moderate.

Allowance for Bad Loans: CWB has a low allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: CWB's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: CWB has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: CWB's loans are broadly funded by customer deposits.

Level of Bad Loans: CWB has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.84%)

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What is Canadian Western Bank's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CWB's dividend (6.32%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (2.7%).

High Dividend: CWB's dividend (6.32%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the Canadian market (8.68%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CWB's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CWB's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (35.2%), CWB's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CWB's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (41.3% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Chris Fowler (59yo)





Mr. Christopher H. Fowler, also known as Chris, M.A., is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Canadian Western Bank (“CWB” or “CWB Group"). He has served at CWB in roles with increasing respo ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Chris's total compensation ($USD2.16M) is about average for companies of similar size in the Canadian market ($USD1.73M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Chris's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Christopher Fowler
President7.08yrsCA$3.05m0.14% CA$2.2m
Carolyn Graham
Executive VP & CFO5.5yrsCA$1.09m0.045% CA$723.8k
Kelly Blackett
Executive Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Communications5.5yrsCA$1.03m0.015% CA$236.7k
H. Ozdemir
Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer5.33yrsCA$1.20m0.017% CA$279.0k
Stephen H. Murphy
Executive Vice President of Banking4.08yrsCA$1.02m0.025% CA$405.6k
Vladimir Ahmad
Senior Vice President of Operations & Business Transformation3.25yrsno data0.0032% CA$51.9k
Allen Stephen
VP & Chief Accountant12.25yrsno datano data
Darrell Jones
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer11.67yrsno data0.023% CA$369.5k
R. Rudd
Senior Vice President of Finance & Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Bindu Cudjoe
Senior VPno datano data0.0013% CA$21.2k


Average Tenure

Experienced Management: CWB's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.5 years average tenure).

Board Members

Christopher Fowler
President7.08yrsCA$3.05m0.14% CA$2.2m
Robert Phillips
Independent Chairman of the Boardno dataCA$318.50k0.043% CA$683.9k
H. Riley
Independent Director9.08yrsCA$157.50k0.015% CA$240.5k
Robert Manning
Independent Director34.25yrsCA$181.50k0.044% CA$705.7k
Alan Rowe
Independent Director23.75yrsCA$178.00k0.026% CA$422.2k
Linda Margaret Hohol
Independent Director8.83yrsCA$162.00k0.011% CA$174.2k
Sarah Morgan-Silvester
Independent Director6.08yrsCA$187.50k0.013% CA$213.9k
Raymond Protti
Independent Director11.08yrsCA$156.50k0.020% CA$324.5k
Andrew Bibby
Independent Director7.33yrsCA$170.00k0.012% CA$196.6k
Ian Reid
Independent Director9.08yrsCA$177.50k0.012% CA$195.8k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CWB's board of directors are considered experienced (9.1 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: CWB insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Canadian Western Bank's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Canadian Western Bank
  • Ticker: CWB
  • Exchange: TSX
  • Founded: 1984
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: CA$1.602b
  • Shares outstanding: 87.28m
  • Website: https://www.cwbank.com

Number of Employees


  • Canadian Western Bank
  • 10303 Jasper Avenue NW
  • Suite 3000
  • Edmonton
  • Alberta
  • T5J 3X6
  • Canada


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CWBTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)YesCommon SharesCACADMay 1984
C7WDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURMay 1984
CBWB.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesCommon SharesUSUSDMay 1984
CWB.PRBTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)PFD 5YR 1ST SER5CACADFeb 2014
CWB.PRCTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)1ST PFD SER 7CACADApr 2016
CWB.PRDTSX (The Toronto Stock Exchange)NON CUM SER 9CACADJan 2019


Canadian Western Bank provides personal and business banking products and services primarily in Western Canada. The company offers current, savings, cash management, US dollar, senior, chequing, youth, and student accounts, as well as specialized accounts, including corporate and commercial, organization, strata solution/condo, general trust, and trust fund investment accounts. It also provides leading products, such as commercial lending and real estate, and equipment financing and leasing products; loans and mortgages; secured and unsecured lines of credit; registered retirement savings plan (RRSP), consolidation, vehicle, and recreation vehicle loans; personal lines of credit; and credit cards. In addition, the company offers cash management services; life and disability insurance products, home equity lines of credit, personal lines of credit, and business lines of credit; and ATM, telephone, mobile, and online banking services, as well as deposit register and cheque order services. Further, it provides investment products comprising guaranteed investment certificates, RRSPs, registered retirement income funds, tax-free savings accounts, registered education savings plans, and mutual funds, as well as personal and business planning services. The company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Edmonton, Canada. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/04/03 03:52
End of Day Share Price2020/04/02 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/10/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.