WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) & DANSKE BK A/S/S (NASDAQ:DNKEY) Critical Analysis

WesBanco (NASDAQ:WSBC) and DANSKE BK A/S/S (OTCMKTS:DNKEY) are both finance companies, but which is the better business? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, profitability, valuation, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares WesBanco and DANSKE BK A/S/S’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
WesBanco $515.23 million 4.15 $143.11 million $3.21 12.17
DANSKE BK A/S/S $7.00 billion 1.81 $2.33 billion N/A N/A

DANSKE BK A/S/S has higher revenue and earnings than WesBanco.

Profitability

This table compares WesBanco and DANSKE BK A/S/S’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
WesBanco 27.85% 8.68% 1.39%
DANSKE BK A/S/S 27.36% 7.43% 0.33%

Dividends

WesBanco pays an annual dividend of $1.24 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.2%. DANSKE BK A/S/S pays an annual dividend of $0.43 per share and has a dividend yield of 5.8%. WesBanco pays out 38.6% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and recommmendations for WesBanco and DANSKE BK A/S/S, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
WesBanco 0 2 3 0 2.60
DANSKE BK A/S/S 0 1 0 0 2.00

WesBanco presently has a consensus price target of $41.33, suggesting a potential upside of 5.77%. Given WesBanco’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe WesBanco is more favorable than DANSKE BK A/S/S.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

57.4% of WesBanco shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.1% of DANSKE BK A/S/S shares are owned by institutional investors. 3.2% of WesBanco shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Volatility & Risk

WesBanco has a beta of 1.15, indicating that its share price is 15% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, DANSKE BK A/S/S has a beta of 0.72, indicating that its share price is 28% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

WesBanco beats DANSKE BK A/S/S on 11 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

About WesBanco

WesBanco, Inc. operates as the holding company for WesBanco Bank, Inc. that provides retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust, brokerage, and mortgage banking and insurance services in the United States. It operates in two segments, Community Banking, and Trust and Investment Services. The company offers commercial demand, individual demand, and time deposit accounts; money market accounts; interest bearing and non-interest bearing demand deposits, as well as savings deposits; and certificates of deposit. It also provides commercial real estate loans; commercial and industrial loans; residential real estate loans, including loans to purchase, construct, or refinance borrower's home; home equity lines of credit; installment loans to finance the purchases of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and other recreational vehicles, as well as home equity installment loans, unsecured home improvement loans, and revolving lines of credit; and commercial, mortgage, and individual installment loans. In addition, the company offers trust and investment services, as well as various investment products comprising mutual funds and annuities; and securities brokerage services. Further, WesBanco, Inc., through its non-banking subsidiaries, acts as an agency that specializes in property, casualty, life, and title insurance, as well as benefit plan sales and administration to personal and commercial clients; provides broker dealer and discount brokerage services; holds investment securities and loans; and holds and leases commercial real estate properties, as well as acts as an investment adviser to a family of mutual funds. As of December 31, 2018, the company operated through 209 branches and 202 ATMs in West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and southern Indiana, as well as 4 loan production offices in West Virginia, Ohio, and western Pennsylvania. WesBanco, Inc. was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Wheeling, West Virginia.

About DANSKE BK A/S/S

Danske Bank A/S provides various banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses and corporate, institutional, and personal customers. It operates through Banking DK, Banking Nordic, Corporates and Institutions, Wealth Management, Northern Ireland segments. The company offers daily banking, home financing, investment, and retirement planning solutions to retail customers; strategic advisory services to commercial customers; leasing solutions; and financing, financial market, general banking, investment, and corporate finance advisory services to corporate and institutional customers, as well as financial solutions and products in the areas of capital markets, fixed income, currencies, transaction banking, and investor services. It also provides wealth management, asset management, investment, pension savings, and insurance solutions; and online and mobile banking services. The company also provides mortgage finance, real-estate brokerage, foreign exchange, and equity services, as well as trades in fixed income products. It has operations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and internationally. Danske Bank A/S was founded in 1871 and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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