Critical Review: Woori Bank (WF) vs. The Competition

Woori Bank (NYSE: WF) is one of 63 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial banks, not elsewhere classified” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Woori Bank to similar companies based on the strength of its institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

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This table compares Woori Bank and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Woori Bank 15.63% 6.96% 0.45%
Woori Bank Competitors 18.68% 12.06% 1.04%

Volatility & Risk

Woori Bank has a beta of 1.12, indicating that its stock price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woori Bank’s competitors have a beta of 0.93, indicating that their average stock price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Dividends

Woori Bank pays an annual dividend of $2.34 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.6%. Woori Bank pays out 43.3% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial banks, not elsewhere classified” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.5% and pay out 35.2% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Woori Bank and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Woori Bank $8.94 billion $1.36 billion 7.79
Woori Bank Competitors $14.29 billion $2.16 billion 10.83

Woori Bank’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Woori Bank. Woori Bank is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

0.4% of Woori Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 23.3% of shares of all “Commercial banks, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by institutional investors. 12.8% of shares of all “Commercial banks, not elsewhere classified” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for Woori Bank and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Woori Bank 0 0 0 0 N/A
Woori Bank Competitors 464 1477 1452 68 2.32

As a group, “Commercial banks, not elsewhere classified” companies have a potential upside of 11.63%. Given Woori Bank’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Woori Bank has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Summary

Woori Bank competitors beat Woori Bank on 10 of the 12 factors compared.

About Woori Bank

Woori Bank Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides commercial banking products and services to individuals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and large corporations in South Korea. It operates through six segments: Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Credit Card, and Other Operations. The company accepts demand, time, saving, and installment deposits, as well as certificates of deposit. It also offers working capital, facilities, general purpose household, mortgage, and home equity loans. In addition, the company provides financial and real estate advisory, electronic banking, automated telephone banking system, mobile banking, and online escrow services, as well as Win-CMS, an electronic cash management system and in-house banking platform; credit cards; and securities investment and trading, derivatives trading, asset securitization, and investment banking services. Further, it offers international banking services, including foreign exchange and dealing, import and export-related services, offshore lending, syndicated loans, and foreign currency securities investment, as well as commercial banking services to retail and corporate customers; and asset management services, such as trust management, and trustee and custodian services relating to securities investment trusts. Additionally, the company is involved in the management of National Housing Urban Fund; and development and maintenance of system software, as well as in bancassurance, private equity, finance, and other credit finance credit information businesses. As of December 31, 2016, it had a total of 894 branches and offices in Korea; and 22 branches and offices internationally. Woori Bank Co., Ltd. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

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