Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare Walker & Dunlop to related businesses based on the strength of its valuation, institutional ownership, risk, profitability, dividends, analyst recommendations and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings for Walker & Dunlop and its competitors, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Walker & Dunlop 0 2 1 0 2.33
Walker & Dunlop Competitors 158 555 513 23 2.32

Walker & Dunlop currently has a consensus target price of $44.00, indicating a potential downside of 5.42%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 28.03%. Given Walker & Dunlop’s competitors higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe Walker & Dunlop has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Walker & Dunlop and its competitors revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Walker & Dunlop $649.05 million N/A 10.22
Walker & Dunlop Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 11.80

Walker & Dunlop’s competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Walker & Dunlop. Walker & Dunlop 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

77.3% of Walker & Dunlop shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 11.7% of Walker & Dunlop shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.8% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Walker & Dunlop has a beta of 1.4, suggesting that its share price is 40% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Walker & Dunlop’s competitors have a beta of 0.82, suggesting that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Walker & Dunlop and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Walker & Dunlop 21.91% 22.86% 5.38%
Walker & Dunlop Competitors 14.79% -27.41% 0.87%

Walker & Dunlop Company Profile

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. is a holding company, which conducts its operations through Walker & Dunlop, LLC. The Company provides commercial real estate financial products and services primarily to developers and owners of multifamily properties. The Company originates, sells and services a range of multifamily and other commercial real estate financing products, including Multifamily Finance, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Finance, Capital Markets, and Proprietary Capital. It originates and sells loans through the programs of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac, and together with Fannie Mae, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs)), the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) and the Federal Housing Administration, a division of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (together with Ginnie Mae, HUD).

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