Wintrust Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WTFC) is one of 327 public companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Wintrust Financial Corporation to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, valuation, dividends, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, profitability and earnings.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

90.7% of Wintrust Financial Corporation shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.6% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 2.0% of Wintrust Financial Corporation shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Wintrust Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.7%. Wintrust Financial Corporation pays out 14.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.0% and pay out 37.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

Wintrust Financial Corporation has a beta of 0.83, suggesting that its share price is 17% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Wintrust Financial Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.78, suggesting that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares Wintrust Financial Corporation and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Wintrust Financial Corporation 19.24% 9.15% 0.89%
Wintrust Financial Corporation Competitors 18.93% 8.83% 0.93%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Wintrust Financial Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Wintrust Financial Corporation $1.07 billion N/A 19.65
Wintrust Financial Corporation Competitors N/A N/A 18.80

Wintrust Financial Corporation is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Wintrust Financial Corporation and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Wintrust Financial Corporation 0 5 3 0 2.38
Wintrust Financial Corporation Competitors 1989 7908 8102 309 2.37

Wintrust Financial Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $80.86, indicating a potential upside of 3.66%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 7.62%. Given Wintrust Financial Corporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe Wintrust Financial Corporation is more favorable than its peers.

Summary

Wintrust Financial Corporation beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About Wintrust Financial Corporation

Wintrust Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its businesses through three segments: community banking, specialty finance and wealth management. The Company offers community banking services to individuals, small to mid-sized businesses, local governmental units and institutional clients. Through specialty finance segment, the Company offers financing of insurance premiums for businesses and individuals; accounts receivable financing, value-added, out-sourced administrative services, and other specialty finance businesses. The Company offers a range of wealth management services through its subsidiaries, including trust and investment services, asset management and securities brokerage services. The Company offers MaxSafe deposit accounts, which provide customers with expanded Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance coverage by spreading a customer’s deposit across its banks.

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