Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ: WABC) and Hudson Valley (NYSE:HVB) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their valuation, risk, earnings, analyst recommendations, dividends, institutional ownership and profitability.


This table compares Westamerica Bancorporation and Hudson Valley’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Westamerica Bancorporation 33.38% 10.28% 1.12%
Hudson Valley 17.98% 6.34% 0.61%


Westamerica Bancorporation pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Hudson Valley does not pay a dividend. Westamerica Bancorporation pays out 69.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Westamerica Bancorporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years and Hudson Valley has raised its dividend for 4 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Westamerica Bancorporation and Hudson Valley’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Westamerica Bancorporation $180.63 million 8.68 $58.85 million $2.30 25.86
Hudson Valley N/A N/A N/A $0.55 51.29

Westamerica Bancorporation has higher revenue and earnings than Hudson Valley. Westamerica Bancorporation is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Hudson Valley, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

86.0% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares are held by institutional investors. 4.9% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares 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.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Westamerica Bancorporation and Hudson Valley, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Westamerica Bancorporation 1 2 0 0 1.67
Hudson Valley 0 0 0 0 N/A

Westamerica Bancorporation presently has a consensus price target of $56.00, suggesting a potential downside of 5.85%. Given Westamerica Bancorporation’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Westamerica Bancorporation is more favorable than Hudson Valley.


Westamerica Bancorporation beats Hudson Valley on 10 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Westamerica Bancorporation

Westamerica Bancorporation is a bank holding company. The Company provides a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers in Northern and Central California through its subsidiary bank, Westamerica Bank. The communities served are located in Northern and Central California, from Mendocino, Lake and Nevada Counties in the north to Kern County in the south. It provides a range of loans, including commercial loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, residential real estate loans, and consumer installment and other loans. It maintains a securities portfolio consisting of securities issued by the United States Treasury, United States Government sponsored entities, agency and non-agency mortgage backed securities (MBS), non-agency commercial MBS, agency residential collateralized mortgage obligations (CMO), non-agency residential CMO, obligations of states and political subdivisions, asset-backed securities, corporate securities and other securities.

About Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Holding Corp. (Hudson Valley) is a bank holding company. The Company provides financial services through its wholly owned subsidiary, Hudson Valley Bank, N.A. (HVB or the Bank), a national banking association. HVB has 17 branch offices in Westchester County, New York, four in Manhattan, New York, four in Bronx County, New York, two in Rockland County, New York, and one in Kings County, New York. The Company provides asset-based lending products through a wholly owned subsidiary of HVB, HVB Capital Credit LLC. The Company provides equipment loan and lease financing through a wholly owned subsidiary of HVB, HVB Equipment Capital, LLC. The Company’s principal customers are businesses, professionals, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. In addition, the Company also offers a software application designed to meet the administrative needs of bankruptcy trustees through a marketing and licensing agreement with the application vendor.

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