Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Wells Fargo & Company, a diversified financial services company, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions.


Trading at 8.2% below its fair value

Pays a high and reliable dividend of 4.33%

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for WFC from our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet 6 star dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Wells Fargo's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: WFC 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: WFC underperformed the US Banks industry which returned 10.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: WFC underperformed the US Market which returned 20.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-1.6%-1.0%0.5%
30 Day-3.3%-1.2%2.0%
90 Day-12.8%0.4%9.4%
1 Year-0.5%-4.5%13.8%10.6%22.8%20.3%
3 Year-10.6%-19.1%23.5%14.6%50.1%40.4%
5 Year0.6%-14.2%74.0%54.2%73.1%54.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

Simply Wall St News


Is Wells Fargo 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: WFC ($47.09) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($51.29)

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

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: WFC is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.5x) compared to the Banks industry average (12.6x).

PE vs Market: WFC is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.5x) compared to the US market (18.3x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: WFC is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (23.5x)

Price to Book Ratio

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

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Future Growth

How is Wells Fargo forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 18 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: WFC's forecast earnings growth (0.5% per year) is below the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: WFC's earnings (0.5% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.2% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: WFC's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-0.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: WFC's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-0.4% per year).

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: WFC's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (11.9%).

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Past Performance

How has Wells Fargo performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: WFC has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: WFC's current net profit margins (21.8%) are lower than last year (24.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: WFC's earnings have declined by -1.3% per year over the past 5 years.

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

Earnings vs Industry: WFC had negative earnings growth (-13.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Banks industry average (12.3%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: WFC's Return on Equity (10.7%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Wells Fargo'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: WFC has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: WFC's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.2x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Bad Loans: WFC has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.56%)

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What is Wells Fargo's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: WFC's dividend (4.33%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: WFC's dividend (4.33%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.73%)

Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (47%), WFC's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: WFC's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (43.4% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


Charlie Scharf (54yo)




Mr. Charles W. Scharf, also known as Charlie, has been the Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Wells Fargo & Company since October 21, 2019. Mr. Scharf has been a Director of Visa Internatio ...

Leadership Team

John Shrewsberry
Senior EVP & CFO5.8yrsUS$12.53m0.012% $22.8m
Avid Modjtabai
Head of Payments12.8yrsUS$10.39m0.012% $24.3m
Petros Pelos
Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Banking11yrsUS$8.99m0.0023% $4.6m
Mary Mack
Chief Executive Officer of Consumer & Small Business Banking3yrsUS$8.60m0.0021% $4.1m
Charles Scharf
President0.3yrsno data0.00010% $195.7k
Scott Powell
Senior EVP & COO0.2yrsno datano data
Richard Levy
Executive VP & Principal Accounting Officer0yrsno data0.0032% $6.3m
Deborah Chrapaty
Chief Technology Officer0.7yrsno datano data
Hope Hardison
Chief Administrative Officer4.5yrsno data0.0026% $5.1m
John Campbell
Head of Investor Relations0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: WFC's management team is considered experienced (3.8 years average tenure).

Board Members

Charles Scharf
President0.3yrsno data0.00010% $195.7k
Henry Jordan
Chairman & CEO of Wells Fargo Capital Finance0yrsno datano data
Theodore Craver
Independent Director2.1yrsUS$403.60k0.00028% $548.0k
Donald James
Independent Director11.1yrsUS$358.00k0.00042% $822.0k
Elizabeth Duke
Independent Chairman of the Board2.1yrsUS$631.00k0.00014% $274.0k
Bettina von Hagen
Member of Environmental Advisory Board13.9yrsno datano data
Charles Kennel
Member of Environmental Advisory Board13.9yrsno datano data
Randall LaBauve
Member of Environmental Advisory Board13.9yrsno datano data
Maria Morris
Independent Director2.1yrsUS$412.61kno data
James Quigley
Independent Director6.3yrsUS$417.00k0.000060% $117.4k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: WFC's board of directors are considered experienced (6.3 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

Wells Fargo & Company's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Ticker: WFC
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1852
  • Industry: Diversified Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$195.724b
  • Shares outstanding: 4.13b
  • Website: https://www.wellsfargo.com

Number of Employees


  • Wells Fargo & Company
  • 420 Montgomery Street
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • 94163
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
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NWTDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
WFC *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
NWTXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
WFCSNSE (Santiago Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockCLUSDJan 1968
WFCSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon StockCHCHFJan 1968
0R2FLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
WFCWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJan 1968
WFCETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURJan 1968
WFCBASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange)CEDEAR EACH 5 REP 1 COM USD1.666666ARARSJul 2001
WFC.PRLNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)PERP PFD CNV AUSUSDApr 2008
NWT2DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)7.98%-FR PERP PRF CL 'A' SRS K USD1000DEUSDJan 2009
WFCO34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH REPR 1 COM SHBRBRLJan 2012
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WFC.PRRNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)DEP 1/1000 PFD AUSUSDDec 2013
WFC.PRTNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)DEP SHS 1/1000 TUSUSDJul 2014
WFC.PRVNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)DEP PFD V 1/1000USUSDSep 2015
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WFC.PRYNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)5.625 DP SH PF YUSUSDApr 2017
WFC.PRZNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)DP PFD A SR ZUSUSDJan 2020


Wells Fargo & Company, a diversified financial services company, provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. It operates through three segments: Community Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Wealth and Investment Management. The company also engages in the wholesale banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, equipment leasing, agricultural finance, commercial finance, securities brokerage and investment banking, computer and data processing, trust, investment advisory, mortgage-backed securities, and venture capital investment services. As of February 7, 2019, it operated through 7,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, and the Internet and mobile banking, as well as has offices in 37 countries and territories. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/20 23:51
End of Day Share Price2020/02/20 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.