Western Asset Premier Bond Fund is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Western Asset Management Company. More Details
Share Price & News
How has Western Asset Premier Bond Fund's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: WEA is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 1% a week.
Volatility Over Time: WEA's weekly volatility (1%) has been stable over the past year.
7 Day Return
US Capital Markets
1 Year Return
US Capital Markets
Return vs Industry: WEA underperformed the US Capital Markets industry which returned 38.1% over the past year.
Return vs Market: WEA underperformed the US Market which returned 36.4% over the past year.
Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Western Asset Premier Bond Fund's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
No news available
Is Western Asset Premier Bond Fund 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: WEA ($13.96) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($16.05)
Significantly Below Fair Value: WEA is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: WEA is poor value based on its PE Ratio (114.6x) compared to the US Capital Markets industry average (23.5x).
PE vs Market: WEA is poor value based on its PE Ratio (114.6x) compared to the US market (21.3x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate WEA's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: WEA is good value based on its PB Ratio (1x) compared to the US Capital Markets industry average (14.4x).
How is Western Asset Premier Bond Fund forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 0 analysts?
Forecasted Diversified Financials industry annual growth in earnings
In this section we usually present revenue and earnings growth projections based on the consensus estimates of professional analysts to help investors understand the company’s ability to generate profit. But as Western Asset Premier Bond Fund has not provided enough past data and has no analyst forecast, its future earnings cannot be reliably calculated by extrapolating past data or using analyst predictions.
This is quite a rare situation as 97% of companies covered by SimplyWall St do have past financial data.
How has Western Asset Premier Bond Fund performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: WEA has a large one-off loss of $8.4M impacting its June 30 2020 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: WEA's current net profit margins (11%) are lower than last year .
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: WEA has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 21.1% per year.
Accelerating Growth: WEA's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: WEA had negative earnings growth (-92.3%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Capital Markets industry average (9%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: WEA's Return on Equity (0.9%) is considered low.
How is Western Asset Premier Bond Fund's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: WEA's short term assets ($5.2M) do not cover its short term liabilities ($16.2M).
Long Term Liabilities: WEA's short term assets ($5.2M) do not cover its long term liabilities ($57.5M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: WEA's debt to equity ratio (40.9%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: WEA's debt to equity ratio has increased from 34.1% to 40.9% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: WEA's debt is not well covered by operating cash flow (9.6%).
Interest Coverage: WEA's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.3x coverage).
What is Western Asset Premier Bond Fund current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Current Dividend Yield
Upcoming Dividend Payment
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: WEA's dividend (5.67%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.34%).
High Dividend: WEA's dividend (5.67%) is in the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.77%)
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: WEA's dividend payments have been volatile in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: WEA's dividend payments have fallen over the past 10 years.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: With its high payout ratio (650%), WEA's dividend payments are not well 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.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average board tenure
Ken Fuller (62 yo)
Mr. Kenneth Donald Fuller, also known as Ken, has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Western Asset High Income Opportunity Fund Inc. and LMP Corporate Loan Fund Inc. since June 1, 2013. Mr. Full...
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Experienced Board: WEA's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 14.9 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.
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Western Asset Premier Bond Fund's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Western Asset Premier Bond Fund
- Ticker: WEA
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 2002
- Industry: Asset Management and Custody Banks
- Sector: Diversified Financials
- Market Cap: US$165.612m
- Shares outstanding: 11.86m
- Website: https://institutional.myleggmason.com/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=1377&cached=true&mode=2&userID=225408&mktcd=WEA
- Western Asset Premier Bond Fund
- 385 East Colorado Boulevard
- United States
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Western Asset Premier Bond Fund is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Western Asset Management Company. The fund is co-managed by Western Asset Management Company Limited, West...
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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