NasdaqGS:ABCB

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Executive Summary

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.


Snowflake Analysis

Undervalued with excellent balance sheet and pays a dividend.


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Share Price & News

How has Ameris Bancorp's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-1.8%

ABCB

-1.2%

US Banks

-1.0%

US Market


1 Year Return

-2.7%

ABCB

10.3%

US Banks

18.0%

US Market

Return vs Industry: ABCB underperformed the US Banks industry which returned 10.3% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ABCB underperformed the US Market which returned 18% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

ABCBIndustryMarket
7 Day-1.8%-1.2%-1.0%
30 Day-5.9%-1.3%0.6%
90 Day-5.8%-0.3%7.9%
1 Year-1.5%-2.7%13.6%10.3%20.4%18.0%
3 Year-14.7%-17.3%24.1%15.2%48.0%38.5%
5 Year61.3%54.0%74.1%54.3%72.2%53.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

Is Ameris Bancorp undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

25.9%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ABCB ($40.31) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($54.41)

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


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ABCB is poor value based on its PE Ratio (14.6x) compared to the Banks industry average (12.6x).

PE vs Market: ABCB is good value based on its PE Ratio (14.6x) compared to the US market (18.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: ABCB is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.6x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ABCB is good value based on its PB Ratio (1.1x) compared to the US Banks industry average (1.2x).


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Future Growth

How is Ameris Bancorp forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 6 analysts?

25.8%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ABCB's forecast earnings growth (25.8% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: ABCB's earnings (25.8% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: ABCB's revenue (12.8% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ABCB's revenue (12.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ABCB's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (10.6%).


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Past Performance

How has Ameris Bancorp performed over the past 5 years?

29.5%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ABCB has a large one-off loss of $69.5M impacting its December 31 2019 financial results.

Growing Profit Margin: ABCB's current net profit margins (24%) are lower than last year (27.5%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ABCB's earnings have grown significantly by 29.5% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ABCB's earnings growth over the past year (33.4%) exceeds its 5-year average (29.5% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: ABCB earnings growth over the past year (33.4%) exceeded the Banks industry 12.1%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: ABCB's Return on Equity (6.5%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is Ameris Bancorp'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: ABCB has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: ABCB's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.5x debt).


Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: ABCB's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

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

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

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

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

Level of Bad Loans: ABCB has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.63%)


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Dividend

What is Ameris Bancorp's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

1.49%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

company1.5%marketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage2.9%forecastin3Years1.6%

Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: ABCB's dividend (1.49%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.45%).

High Dividend: ABCB's dividend (1.49%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: ABCB's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (18.1%), ABCB's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: ABCB's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (15.9% payout ratio).


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Management

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

2.2yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

H. Proctor (51yo)

0.6yrs

Tenure

0

Mr. H. Palmer Proctor, Jr., serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Ameris Bancorp since July 1, 2019 and was its President since July 1, 2019 until October 2019. He serves as the Chief Execu ...


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Lawton Bassett
Banking Group President4yrsUS$1.03m0.054% $1.5m
Nicole Stokes
Executive VP & CFO2.1yrsUS$701.11k0.019% $551.1k
James LaHaise
Executive VP & Chief Strategy Officer5.7yrsUS$835.04k0.066% $1.9m
James Miller
Executive Chairman0.6yrsno data3.66% $104.2m
H. Proctor
CEO & Director0.6yrsno data0.64% $18.2m
Michael Pierson
EVP & COO0yrsno data0.050% $1.4m
Cindi Lewis
Executive VP13.8yrsUS$220.10k0.13% $3.6m
Angela Redd
Corporate Executive Assistant4.1yrsno datano data
Jody Spencer
Executive VP & General Counsel1.1yrsno data0.012% $328.5k
Andrew Cheney
Non-Employee Advisor2.2yrsUS$922.08kno data

2.2yrs

Average Tenure

58yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: ABCB's management team is considered experienced (2.2 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
James Miller
Executive Chairman0.6yrsno data3.66% $104.2m
H. Proctor
CEO & Director0.6yrsno data0.64% $18.2m
Jimmy Veal
Independent Director11.8yrsUS$100.00k0.14% $3.9m
Robert Lynch
Independent Director20yrsUS$110.00k0.28% $7.9m
Daniel Jeter
Lead Independent Director12.8yrsUS$111.25k0.055% $1.6m
Elizabeth McCague
Independent Director3.5yrsUS$108.83k0.015% $415.9k
Leo Hill
Independent Vice Chairman of the Board0yrsUS$110.00k0.033% $928.5k
William Stern
Director6.3yrsUS$100.00k0.037% $1.0m
Robert Ezzell
Independent Director9.8yrsUS$100.83k0.050% $1.4m
William Bowen
Independent Director5.3yrsUS$100.00k0.024% $684.9k

6.3yrs

Average Tenure

65yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: ABCB's board of directors are considered experienced (6.3 years average tenure).


Ownership

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


Insider Trading Volume

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


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 35.5%.


Top Shareholders

Company Information

Ameris Bancorp's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Ameris Bancorp
  • Ticker: ABCB
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1971
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$2.846b
  • Shares outstanding: 69.34m
  • Website: https://www.amerisbank.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Ameris Bancorp
  • 3490 Piedmont Road, NE
  • Suite 1550
  • Atlanta
  • Georgia
  • 30305
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ABCBNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDMay 1994
AXUDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURMay 1994

Biography

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 125 domestic banking offices and 16 loan production offices. Ameris Bancorp was founded in 1971 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/22 01:18
End of Day Share Price2020/02/21 00:00
Earnings2019/12/31
Annual Earnings2019/12/31


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.