Head to Head Survey: Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) (OTCMKTS:SVNLY) versus Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC)

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) (OTCMKTS:SVNLYGet Rating) and Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFCGet Rating) are both large-cap finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, dividends, profitability, earnings, institutional ownership, risk and analyst recommendations.

Risk and Volatility

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) has a beta of 0.83, meaning that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wells Fargo & Company has a beta of 1.16, meaning that its share price is 16% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) and Wells Fargo & Company’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) 33.03% 10.72% 0.55%
Wells Fargo & Company 19.95% 10.95% 0.93%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and target prices for Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) and Wells Fargo & Company, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) 2 2 3 0 2.14
Wells Fargo & Company 0 3 12 0 2.80

Wells Fargo & Company has a consensus price target of $55.03, indicating a potential upside of 16.27%. Given Wells Fargo & Company’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Wells Fargo & Company is more favorable than Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ).

Institutional & Insider Ownership

72.2% of Wells Fargo & Company shares are held by institutional investors. 0.1% of Wells Fargo & Company shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) and Wells Fargo & Company’s revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) $5.80 billion 3.41 $2.28 billion $0.55 9.09
Wells Fargo & Company $82.41 billion 2.19 $21.55 billion $3.85 12.29

Wells Fargo & Company has higher revenue and earnings than Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ). Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Wells Fargo & Company, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Dividends

Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) pays an annual dividend of $0.19 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.8%. Wells Fargo & Company pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.5%. Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) pays out 34.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Wells Fargo & Company pays out 31.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Wells Fargo & Company has increased its dividend for 2 consecutive years.

Summary

Wells Fargo & Company beats Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) on 14 of the 17 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ)

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Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) provides various banking products and services for private and corporate customers primarily in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands, the United States, Luxembourg, China, Germany, France, and Poland. The company offers savings, transactions, business, currency, and investment accounts, as well as accounts for cash pool, and forestry and agriculture; mortgage and committed loans, and private loans; mutual funds; pension products; credit and debit cards; and payment and reconciliation services. It also provides financing for investments, such as equipment, cars, computers, and other inventories, as well as vehicle and real estate financing services; green loans and advisor services; investment and other financing services; medical care, group and health, and travel insurance products; forestry and farming banking products; and online and mobile banking services. In addition, the company offers transaction, trade finance, cash management, risk management, and foreign exchange services, as well as various banking services for children and young people. It operates approximately 214 branches in Sweden, 196 in the Great Britain, 41 in Norway, 42 in Denmark, 27 in Finland, and 28 in the Netherlands. Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) was incorporated in 1871 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.

About Wells Fargo & Company

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Wells Fargo & Company, a diversified financial services company, provides banking, investment, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance products and services in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: Consumer Banking and Lending; Commercial Banking; Corporate and Investment Banking; and Wealth and Investment Management. The Consumer Banking and Lending segment offers diversified financial products and services for consumers and small businesses. Its financial products and services include checking and savings accounts, and credit and debit cards, as well as home, auto, personal, and small business lending services. The Commercial Banking segment provides financial solutions to private, family owned, and certain public companies. Its products and services include banking and credit products across various industry sectors and municipalities, secured lending and lease products, and treasury management services. The Corporate and Investment Banking segment offers a suite of capital markets, banking, and financial products and services to corporate, commercial real estate, government, and institutional clients. Its products and services comprise corporate banking, investment banking, treasury management, commercial real estate lending and servicing, equity, and fixed income solutions, as well as sales, trading, and research capabilities services. The Wealth and Investment Management segment provides personalized wealth management, brokerage, financial planning, lending, private banking, and trust and fiduciary products and services to affluent, high-net worth, and ultra-high-net worth clients. It also operates through financial advisors. Wells Fargo & Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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