Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Byblos Bank S.A.L., together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking services in Lebanon, Europe, and internationally.

Snowflake Analysis

Established dividend payer and good value.

Share Price & News

How has Byblos BankL's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: BYB has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




GB Banks


GB Market

1 Year Return




GB Banks


GB Market

Return vs Industry: BYB exceeded the UK Banks industry which returned -33.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: BYB exceeded the UK Market which returned -22.7% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0%-1.4%6.0%
30 Day0%-23.4%-20.3%
90 Day0%-34.8%-28.1%
1 Year-0.9%-9.1%-28.8%-33.5%-18.6%-22.7%
3 Year16.6%-10.3%-32.0%-41.3%-13.4%-24.6%
5 Year42.1%-8.5%-29.7%-43.8%1.3%-22.0%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Byblos BankL's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News

No news available


Is Byblos BankL 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: BYB ($70) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($83.2)

Significantly Below Fair Value: BYB is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: BYB is good value based on its PE Ratio (4x) compared to the Banks industry average (4.6x).

PE vs Market: BYB is good value based on its PE Ratio (4x) compared to the UK market (12.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate BYB's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: BYB is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.4x) compared to the GB Banks industry average (0.5x).

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Future Growth

How is Byblos BankL forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?


Forecasted Banks industry annual growth in earnings

In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Byblos BankL has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.

This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.

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Past Performance

How has Byblos BankL performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: BYB has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: BYB's current net profit margins (26.4%) are lower than last year (30.2%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: BYB's earnings have grown by 0.7% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: BYB's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: BYB had negative earnings growth (-12.1%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Banks industry average (29.6%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: BYB's Return on Equity (8.4%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Byblos BankL'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: BYB has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: BYB's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 3.1x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Bad Loans: BYB has a high level of bad loans (4.6%)

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What is Byblos BankL's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: BYB's dividend (17.32%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (2.7%).

High Dividend: BYB's dividend (17.32%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the UK market (7.3%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (68.9%), BYB's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years and that it will be covered by earnings.

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


Average management tenure


Semaan Bassil (54yo)



Semaan F. Bassil holds Bachelor of Arts in Business, with a minor in Finance, from Boston University in the US and a Masters’ Degree in Business administration and Management from Cambridge University in t ...

Leadership Team

Semaan Bassil
Chairman & General Manager20.17yrsno datano data
Ziad El Zoghbi
Head of Group Finance & Administration Divisionno datano datano data
Paul Chammas
Head of Group Operations Division4.67yrsno datano data
John Massaad
Head of Group Technology Servicesno datano datano data
Marwan Moharram
Deputy GMno datano datano data
Adel Zeidan
Head of Group Legal Supportno datano datano data
Nada Tawil
Head of Group Communication1.83yrsno datano data
Fadi Hayek
Head of Group Human Resources Division7yrsno datano data
Alain Wanna
Deputy GM and Head of Group Financial Markets & Financial Institutionsno datano datano data
Fadi Nassar
Deputy GM & Head of Group Commercial Banking Divisionno datano datano data


Average Tenure

Experienced Management: BYB's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.9 years average tenure).

Board Members

Semaan Bassil
Chairman & General Manager20.17yrsno datano data
Henry Tawfiq Azzam
Director7.92yrsno datano data
Des O'Shea
Director6.17yrsno datano data
Yves Jacquot
Director4.83yrsno datano data
François Bassil
Director4.67yrsno data8.66% LBP39.5m
Ahmad Tabbarah
Director21.17yrsno datano data
Bassam Nassar
Director28.17yrsno datano data
Faisal Ali El Tabsh
Director20.17yrsno datano data
Alain Tohmé
Director8.83yrsno datano data
Guy Quaden
Director7.92yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: BYB's board of directors are considered experienced (7.9 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 3.3%.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Byblos Bank S.A.L.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Byblos Bank S.A.L.
  • Ticker: BYB
  • Exchange: LSE
  • Founded: 1950
  • Industry: Diversified Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$456.234m
  • Shares outstanding: 563.25m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Byblos Bank S.A.L.
  • Byblos Bank Tower
  • Elias Sarkis Avenue
  • Beirut
  • Lebanon


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
BYBBDB (Bourse de Beyrouth)YesOrdinary SharesLBUSDOct 1996
BYBLSE (London Stock Exchange)GDR EACH REPR 50 ORD 'REG S'GBUSDApr 2009
BYBDRBDB (Bourse de Beyrouth)GDR EACH REPR 50 ORD 'REG S'LBUSDApr 2009
BYB09BDB (Bourse de Beyrouth)LBP1210 PRF CLASS 2009LBUSDJan 2010


Byblos Bank S.A.L., together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking services in Lebanon, Europe, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Retail Banking, Corporate Banking, and Treasury and Capital Markets. The Retail Banking segment provides deposits, housing loans, consumer loans, credit cards, fund transfers, foreign exchange, and other branch related services to individuals. The Corporate Banking segment offers a range of products and services to corporate and institutional customers, such as loans and other credit facilities, deposits and current accounts, and trade finance; and engages in foreign exchange operations. The Treasury and Capital Markets segment is involved in the liquidity management and market risk activities; and provision of treasury and investment products and services to investors and other institutional customers. The company also offers insurance products, including life, fire, general accident, medical coverage, and others to individual and institutional clients; bancassurance services; and investment banking services, as well as project finance and syndication, letters of credit, letters of guarantee, and documentary collection services. The company was formerly known as Société Bancaire Agricole Byblos Bassil Frères & Co. and changed its name to Byblos Bank S.A.L. in 1963. Byblos Bank S.A.L. was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/03/29 22:07
End of Day Share Price2020/03/27 00:00
Annual Earnings2018/12/31

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.