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Westamerica Bancorporation NasdaqGS:WABC Stock Report

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18 Aug, 2022


Company Financials +
WABC fundamental analysis
Snowflake Score
Future Growth3/6
Past Performance3/6
Financial Health6/6

WABC Stock Overview

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding company for the Westamerica Bank that provides various banking products and services to individual and commercial customers.

Westamerica Bancorporation Competitors

Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for Westamerica Bancorporation
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$60.71
52 Week HighUS$63.43
52 Week LowUS$53.24
1 Month Change8.22%
3 Month Change5.27%
1 Year Change8.90%
3 Year Change-1.08%
5 Year Change18.95%
Change since IPO687.59%

Recent News & Updates

Jul 28

Westamerica declares $0.42 dividend, new buyback program

Westamerica (NASDAQ:WABC) declares $0.42/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 2.84% Payable Aug. 19; for shareholders of record Aug. 8; ex-div Aug. 5. In addition, the company's Board of Directors also approved a plan to repurchase, as conditions warrant, up to 1,750,000 shares through Sept. 1, 2023. The repurchase plan represents approximately 6.5% of Westamerica's common stock outstanding as of June 30, 2022. See WABC Dividend Scorecard, Yield Chart, & Dividend Growth.

Shareholder Returns

WABCUS BanksUS Market

Return vs Industry: WABC exceeded the US Banks industry which returned -8.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: WABC exceeded the US Market which returned -9% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is WABC's price volatile compared to industry and market?
WABC volatility
WABC Average Weekly Movement2.6%
Banks Industry Average Movement3.6%
Market Average Movement7.6%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market17.1%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market3.1%

Stable Share Price: WABC is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 3% a week.

Volatility Over Time: WABC's weekly volatility (3%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

1972619David Payne

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding company for the Westamerica Bank that provides various banking products and services to individual and commercial customers. The company accepts various deposit products, including retail savings and checking accounts, as well as certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio includes commercial, commercial and residential real estate, real estate construction, and consumer installment loans, as well as indirect automobile loans.

Westamerica Bancorporation Fundamentals Summary

How do Westamerica Bancorporation's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
WABC fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$1.63b
Earnings (TTM)US$91.71m
Revenue (TTM)US$221.61m


P/E Ratio


P/B Ratio

Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
WABC income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$0
Gross ProfitUS$221.61m
Other ExpensesUS$129.90m

Last Reported Earnings

Jun 30, 2022

Next Earnings Date


Earnings per share (EPS)3.41
Gross Margin100.00%
Net Profit Margin41.38%
Debt/Equity Ratio19.1%

How did WABC perform over the long term?

See historical performance and comparison



Current Dividend Yield


Payout Ratio
We’ve recently updated our valuation analysis.


Is WABC undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?

Valuation Score


Valuation Score 0/6

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Peers

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Industry

  • Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio

  • Below Fair Value

  • Significantly Below Fair Value

  • Analyst Forecast

Key Valuation Metric

Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for WABC?

Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.

WABC key valuation metrics and ratios. From Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Book to Price to Earnings Growth Ratio, Enterprise Value and EBITDA.
Key Statistics
Enterprise Value/Revenuen/a
Enterprise Value/EBITDAn/a
PEG Ratio1x

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers

How does WABC's PE Ratio compare to its peers?

WABC PE Ratio vs Peers
The above table shows the PE ratio for WABC vs its peers. Here we also display the market cap and forecasted growth for additional consideration.
CompanyPEEstimated GrowthMarket Cap
Peer Average11.4x
TCBK TriCo Bancshares
EGBN Eagle Bancorp
BHLB Berkshire Hills Bancorp
HOPE Hope Bancorp
WABC Westamerica Bancorporation

Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: WABC is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (17.8x) compared to the peer average (11.4x).

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry

How does WABC's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Banks Industry?

Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: WABC is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (17.8x) compared to the US Banks industry average (10.1x)

Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio

What is WABC's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.

WABC PE Ratio vs Fair Ratio.
Fair Ratio
Current PE Ratio17.8x
Fair PE Ratio15.5x

Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: WABC is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (17.8x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (15.5x).

Share Price vs Fair Value

What is the Fair Price of WABC when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.

Below Fair Value: WABC ($60.71) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($60.42)

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

Analyst Price Targets

What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?

Analyst Forecast: Target price is less than 20% higher than the current share price.

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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?

Future Growth Score


Future Growth Score 3/6

  • Earnings vs Savings Rate

  • Earnings vs Market

  • High Growth Earnings

  • Revenue vs Market

  • High Growth Revenue

  • Future ROE


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: WABC's forecast earnings growth (18.4% per year) is above the savings rate (1.9%).

Earnings vs Market: WABC's earnings (18.4% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.4% per year).

High Growth Earnings: WABC's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: WABC's revenue (13.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.8% per year).

High Growth Revenue: WABC's revenue (13.3% 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 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?

Past Performance Score


Past Performance Score 3/6

  • Quality Earnings

  • Growing Profit Margin

  • Earnings Trend

  • Accelerating Growth

  • Earnings vs Industry

  • High ROE


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: WABC has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: WABC's current net profit margins (41.4%) are higher than last year (40.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: WABC's earnings have grown by 10.4% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: WABC's earnings growth over the past year (5.9%) is below its 5-year average (10.4% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: WABC earnings growth over the past year (5.9%) underperformed the Banks industry 8.8%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: WABC's Return on Equity (14.9%) 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 Health Score


Financial Health Score 6/6

  • Asset Level

  • Allowance for Bad Loans

  • Low Risk Liabilities

  • Loan Level

  • Low Risk Deposits

  • Level of Bad Loans

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: WABC's Assets to Equity ratio (11.7x) is moderate.

Allowance for Bad Loans: WABC has a sufficient allowance for bad loans (2592%).

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 (14%).

Low Risk Deposits: WABC's Loans to Deposits ratio (15%) is appropriate.

Level of Bad Loans: WABC has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.1%).

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

Dividend Score


Dividend Score 4/6

  • Notable Dividend

  • High Dividend

  • Stable Dividend

  • Growing Dividend

  • Earnings Coverage

  • Future Dividend Coverage


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: WABC's dividend (2.77%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.48%).

High Dividend: WABC's dividend (2.77%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.99%).

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

Earnings Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (48.9%), WABC's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to determine if a dividend will be paid in 3 years or 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 (67 yo)





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 is also Chairman, President & Chi...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: David's total compensation ($USD700.56K) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.41M).

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

Leadership Team

Experienced Management: WABC's management team is considered experienced (3.6 years average tenure).

Board Members

Experienced Board: WABC's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 26.8 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 employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Westamerica Bancorporation
  • Ticker: WABC
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1972
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Implied Market Cap: US$1.634b
  • Shares outstanding: 26.91m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


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


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2022/08/18 00:00
End of Day Share Price2022/08/18 00:00
Annual Earnings2021/12/31

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.