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Westamerica Bancorporation

Executive Summary

Westamerica Bancorporation provides banking solutions.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has Westamerica Bancorporation's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

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

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Banks


US Market

1 Year Return




US Banks


US Market

Return vs Industry: WABC exceeded the US Banks industry which returned -15.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: WABC underperformed the US Market which returned 8.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day2.8%13.8%3.8%
30 Day4.4%22.2%11.4%
90 Day6.1%-1.2%6.8%
1 Year2.7%0.1%-8.3%-11.4%12.1%9.7%
3 Year16.5%7.6%-0.3%-8.1%36.2%27.2%
5 Year39.8%21.1%25.7%10.7%63.7%45.4%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

Simply Wall St News


Is Westamerica Bancorporation undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: WABC ($60.65) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($37.55)

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

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: WABC is poor value based on its PE Ratio (21.1x) compared to the Banks industry average (9.8x).

PE vs Market: WABC is poor value based on its PE Ratio (21.1x) compared to the US market (16.4x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

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

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: WABC is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (2.3x) compared to the US Banks industry average (0.8x).

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Future Growth

How is Westamerica Bancorporation forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 2 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: WABC's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.9% per year).

Earnings vs Market: WABC's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-2.9% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: WABC's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-5.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: WABC's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-5.5% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

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

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Past Performance

How has Westamerica Bancorporation performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: WABC has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: WABC's current net profit margins (38.8%) are higher than last year (36.8%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: WABC's earnings have grown by 6.2% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: WABC's earnings growth over the past year (5.4%) is below its 5-year average (6.2% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: WABC earnings growth over the past year (5.4%) exceeded the Banks industry 2.8%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: WABC's Return on Equity (11%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Westamerica Bancorporation'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

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: WABC's Assets to Equity ratio (8x) is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: WABC has a sufficient allowance for bad loans (548%).

Low Risk Liabilities: 97% of WABC's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: WABC has an appropriate level of Loans to Assets ratio (19%).

Low Risk Deposits: WABC's Loans to Deposits ratio (23%) is appropriate.

Level of Bad Loans: WABC has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.4%).

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What is Westamerica Bancorporation's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: WABC's dividend (2.7%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.62%).

High Dividend: WABC's dividend (2.7%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.32%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (57%), WABC'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


David Payne (64yo)





Mr. David L. Payne serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Westamerica Bancorporation since 1988 and 1989 respectively and serves as its President. Mr. Payne has been the Chairman of Westamer ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: David's total compensation ($USD695.27K) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD4.72M).

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

Leadership Team

David Payne
Chairman31.42yrsUS$695.27k3.29% $53.8m
George Ensinger
Senior VP & Human Resources Division Manager1.42yrsUS$391.47k0.013% $218.8k
Brian Donohoe
SVP and Manager of Operations & Systems Administration of Community Banker Services Corporation1.42yrsUS$227.03k0.021% $349.8k
John Thorson
Senior VP & Treasurer0.42yrUS$709.31k0.049% $800.1k
Jesse Leavitt
Senior VP & CFO0.42yrno datano data
Diane Cunningham
Corporate Executive Secretaryno datano datano data
Kris Irvine
VP & Corporate Secretaryno datano datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: WABC's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.4 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

David Payne
Chairman31.42yrsUS$695.27k3.29% $53.8m
E. Bowler
Independent Director16.83yrsUS$40.60k0.096% $1.6m
Catherine MacMillan
Independent Director35.42yrsUS$42.40k0.032% $521.5k
Ronald Nelson
Independent Director32.42yrsUS$48.45k0.16% $2.7m
Edward Sylvester
Lead Independent Directorno dataUS$53.68k0.23% $3.8m
Etta Allen
Independent Director32.42yrsUS$81.59k0.041% $662.5k
Louis Bartolini
Independent Director29.42yrsUS$39.16k0.0063% $103.1k
Michele Hassid
Independent Director0.75yrUS$12.13kno data
Melanie Chiesa
Independent Director0.42yrno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: WABC's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 30.9 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.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

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

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Westamerica Bancorporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Westamerica Bancorporation
  • Ticker: WABC
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1972
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$1.634b
  • Shares outstanding: 26.94m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Westamerica Bancorporation
  • 1108 Fifth Avenue
  • San Rafael
  • California
  • 94901
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
WABCNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDOct 1974
WB1DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEUROct 1974


Westamerica Bancorporation provides banking solutions. The bank offers demand deposits and interest and non-interest bearing time and savings deposits. The company's deposits include jumbo deposits and retail time deposits. The company provides commercial and industrial loans, consumer loans, commercial real estate loans, and other loans and leases. The company offers consumer loans, including credit card loans, revolving credit plans, and automotive loans. The company offers commercial real estate loans for land development and on-site construction of industrial, commercial, residential, or farm buildings in the United States; real estate-backed residential loans; and commercial loans collateralized by real estate properties. The company offers domestic and foreign commercial and industrial loans. The bank offers loans for the purpose of financing agricultural production; loans which include planned and unplanned overdrafts, to governments in non-U.S. countries, to their official institutions, and to international and regional institutions. For 2017, the company has an asset value of 5.6 million USD. It has generated a net income of 71,564 USD in December 31, 2017. The company was formerly known as Independent Bankshares Corporation and changed its name to Westamerica Bancorporation in December 1982. Westamerica Bancorporation was founded in 1972 and is based in San Rafael, California. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/06/06 02:49
End of Day Share Price2020/06/05 00:00
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.