Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE: RF) is one of 300 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Regions Financial Corporation to related companies based on the strength of its profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership and dividends.

Analyst Ratings

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

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Regions Financial Corporation 2 17 3 2 2.21
Regions Financial Corporation Competitors 2098 8273 8330 325 2.36

Regions Financial Corporation currently has a consensus target price of $15.43, indicating a potential downside of 2.37%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 0.84%. Given Regions Financial Corporation’s peers stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Regions Financial Corporation has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

77.5% of Regions Financial Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.5% of Regions Financial Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 10.5% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Regions Financial Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.36 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.3%. Regions Financial Corporation pays out 37.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 2.1% and pay out 37.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Regions Financial Corporation has increased its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Regions Financial Corporation 20.14% 7.56% 0.96%
Regions Financial Corporation Competitors 18.71% 8.76% 0.94%

Valuation & Earnings

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

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Regions Financial Corporation $5.97 billion $1.16 billion 16.46
Regions Financial Corporation Competitors $5.63 billion $841.87 million 384.62

Regions Financial Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Regions Financial Corporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Risk and Volatility

Regions Financial Corporation has a beta of 1.29, indicating that its stock price is 29% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Regions Financial Corporation’s peers have a beta of 0.80, indicating that their average stock price is 20% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Regions Financial Corporation beats its peers on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

Regions Financial Corporation Company Profile

Regions Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company conducts its banking operations through Regions Bank, an Alabama state-chartered commercial bank, which is a member of the Federal Reserve System. It operates in three segments: Corporate Bank, which represents its commercial banking functions, including commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and investor real estate lending; Consumer Bank, which represents its branch network, including consumer banking products and services related to residential first mortgages, home equity lines and loans, small business loans, indirect loans, consumer credit cards and other consumer loans, as well as the corresponding deposit relationships, and Wealth Management, which offers individuals, businesses, governmental institutions and non-profit entities a range of solutions to enable transfer of wealth. It provides traditional commercial, retail and mortgage banking services, as well as other financial services.

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