NasdaqGS:SSB

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Executive Summary

South State Corporation operates as the bank holding company for South State Bank that provides a range of retail and commercial banking services, mortgage lending services, trust and wealth management services, and consumer finance loans.


Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with high growth potential and pays a dividend.


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Share Price & News

How has South State's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?


Latest Share Price and Events

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


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.9%

SSB

-1.2%

US Banks

-1.1%

US Market


1 Year Return

9.4%

SSB

9.8%

US Banks

17.8%

US Market

Return vs Industry: SSB matched the US Banks industry which returned 9.8% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SSB underperformed the US Market which returned 17.8% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SSBIndustryMarket
7 Day-0.9%-1.2%-1.1%
30 Day-9.0%0.4%1.5%
90 Day-5.7%-0.8%6.6%
1 Year11.9%9.4%13.0%9.8%20.2%17.8%
3 Year-9.4%-14.4%23.4%14.5%47.5%38.1%
5 Year26.3%15.7%72.2%52.7%71.2%52.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

Is South State undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?

14.42x

Price to Earnings (PE) ratio


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SSB ($77.82) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($54.99)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SSB is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SSB is poor value based on its PE Ratio (14.4x) compared to the Banks industry average (12.6x).

PE vs Market: SSB is good value based on its PE Ratio (14.4x) compared to the US market (18.2x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SSB is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.3x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SSB 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 South State forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 4 analysts?

43.6%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SSB's forecast earnings growth (43.6% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: SSB's earnings (43.6% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.1% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: SSB's revenue (40.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SSB's revenue (40.5% per year) is forecast to grow faster than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SSB's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (8.3%).


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Past Performance

How has South State performed over the past 5 years?

17.9%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SSB has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SSB's current net profit margins (29.4%) are higher than last year (27.7%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SSB's earnings have grown by 17.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SSB's earnings growth over the past year (4.3%) is below its 5-year average (17.9% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: SSB earnings growth over the past year (4.3%) underperformed the Banks industry 12%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: SSB's Return on Equity (7.9%) is considered low.


Return on Assets


Return on Capital Employed


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Financial Health

How is South State'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: SSB has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SSB's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.7x debt).


Financial Institutions Analysis

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

Allowance for Bad Loans: SSB has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

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

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

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

Level of Bad Loans: SSB has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.3%)


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Dividend

What is South State's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

2.42%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: SSB's dividend (2.42%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.45%).

High Dividend: SSB's dividend (2.42%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (31%), SSB's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SSB's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (30.6% payout ratio).


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Management

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

4.1yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Robert Hill (52yo)

15.3yrs

Tenure

US$3,218,009

Compensation

Mr. Robert R. Hill, Jr., has been the Chief Executive Officer of South State Corporation (formerly, SCBT Financial Corp) since November 6, 2004. Mr. Hill serves as Chief Executive Officer of South State Ba ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Robert's total compensation ($USD3.22M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.86M).

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


Leadership Team

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Robert Hill
CEO & Director15.3yrsUS$3.22m0.23% $6.0m
John Pollok
Senior EVP7.3yrsUS$1.99m0.33% $8.7m
Renee Brooks
Senior EVP & COO1.6yrsUS$1.19m0.086% $2.2m
Joseph Burns
Consultant1.1yrsUS$959.82k0.066% $1.7m
Keith Rainwater
Executive VP & Principal Accounting Officer0yrsno data0.019% $487.5k
James Mabry
Executive Vice President of Investor Relations & Mergers-Acquisitions4.1yrsno datano data
L. Westbrook
Chief Risk Officer0yrsno data0.022% $577.0k
Jonathan Kivett
Chief Credit Officer0yrsno data0.0067% $176.1k
Donald Truslow
Executive Vice President of Risk Management0yrsno datano data
John Goettee
President of South Carolina & Georgia Division0yrsno data0.075% $2.0m

4.1yrs

Average Tenure

56yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: SSB's management team is considered experienced (4.1 years average tenure).


Board Members

NamePositionTenureCompensationOwnership
Robert Hill
CEO & Director15.3yrsUS$3.22m0.23% $6.0m
John Pollok
Senior EVP7.3yrsUS$1.99m0.33% $8.7m
Jean Davis
Independent Director2.2yrsUS$135.85k0.042% $1.1m
Cynthia Hartley
Independent Director8.6yrsUS$119.73k0.027% $710.3k
Robert Horger
Chairman of the Board22.1yrsUS$210.43k0.23% $6.0m
Paula Bethea
Vice Chairman of the Board6.6yrsUS$99.77k0.045% $1.2m
James Roquemore
Independent Director26.1yrsUS$99.77k0.13% $3.3m
Thomas Suggs
Independent Director19.1yrsUS$99.77k0.051% $1.3m
Martin Davis
Independent Director3.8yrsUS$119.73k0.010% $266.2k
Kevin Walker
Independent Director9.3yrsUS$119.73k0.042% $1.1m

9.0yrs

Average Tenure

64yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: SSB's board of directors are considered experienced (9 years average tenure).


Ownership

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.


Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

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


Top Shareholders

Company Information

South State Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: South State Corporation
  • Ticker: SSB
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1933
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$2.610b
  • Shares outstanding: 33.53m
  • Website: https://www.southstatebank.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • South State Corporation
  • 520 Gervais Street
  • Columbia
  • South Carolina
  • 29201
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SSBNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon SharesUSUSDJan 1997
FJ5DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon SharesDEEURJan 1997

Biography

South State Corporation operates as the bank holding company for South State Bank that provides a range of retail and commercial banking services, mortgage lending services, trust and wealth management services, and consumer finance loans. The company accepts demand deposits, savings deposits, interest-bearing transaction accounts, certificates of deposit, and other time deposits; and offers lending and credit card, and ATM processing services. It serves customers through 168 financial centers in 29 South Carolina counties, 8 North Carolina counties, 17 Georgia counties, and 4 Virginia counties. The company was formerly known as First Financial Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to South State Corporation in July 2013. South State Corporation was founded in 1933 and is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina. 


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/24 02:12
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.