WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WSFS) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare WSFS Financial Corporation to similar businesses based on the strength of its risk, dividends, valuation, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

78.4% of WSFS Financial Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 4.9% of WSFS Financial Corporation shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

WSFS Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.6%. WSFS Financial Corporation pays out 12.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WSFS Financial Corporation 19.96% 10.44% 1.08%
WSFS Financial Corporation Competitors 14.79% -27.41% 0.87%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and price targets for WSFS Financial Corporation and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WSFS Financial Corporation 0 0 3 0 3.00
WSFS Financial Corporation Competitors 158 560 519 23 2.32

WSFS Financial Corporation presently has a consensus price target of $51.33, indicating a potential upside of 11.23%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 29.56%. Given WSFS Financial Corporation’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe WSFS Financial Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Volatility and Risk

WSFS Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.2, meaning that its share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, WSFS Financial Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.82, meaning that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares WSFS Financial Corporation and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
WSFS Financial Corporation $307.38 million N/A 20.98
WSFS Financial Corporation Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 11.92

WSFS Financial Corporation’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than WSFS Financial Corporation. WSFS 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.

Summary

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

WSFS Financial Corporation Company Profile

WSFS Financial Corporation is a savings and loan holding company. The Company’s subsidiary is Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB (WSFS Bank or the Bank), which is the bank and trust company. It operates in three segments: WSFS Bank, Cash Connect and Wealth Management. The WSFS Bank segment provides loans and other financial products to commercial and retail customers. Its Cash Connect segment provides automated teller machine (ATM) services through strategic partnerships with several of the network, manufacturers and service providers in the ATM industry. The Wealth Management segment provides a range of fiduciary, investment management, credit and deposit products to clients. Its banking business is commercial lending funded by customer-generated deposits. It also offers a range of consumer loan products, retail securities and insurance brokerage services. Its subsidiaries include WSFS Wealth Investments, 1832 Holdings, Inc., Monarch and West Capital Management.

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