U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) is one of 305 publicly-traded companies in the “Banks” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare U.S. Bancorp to related companies based on the strength of its dividends, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, earnings, profitability, valuation and risk.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current recommendations for U.S. Bancorp and its peers, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
U.S. Bancorp 2 10 3 0 2.07
U.S. Bancorp Competitors 2199 8583 8608 338 2.36

U.S. Bancorp presently has a consensus target price of $54.36, suggesting a potential upside of 0.75%. As a group, “Banks” companies have a potential downside of 9.52%. Given U.S. Bancorp’s higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe U.S. Bancorp is more favorable than its peers.

Profitability

This table compares U.S. Bancorp and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
U.S. Bancorp 25.46% 13.91% 1.32%
U.S. Bancorp Competitors 18.64% 8.24% 0.93%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

74.0% of U.S. Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 52.1% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of U.S. Bancorp shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 10.4% of shares of all “Banks” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

U.S. Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $1.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. U.S. Bancorp pays out 35.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. U.S. Bancorp has raised its dividend for 6 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares U.S. Bancorp and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
U.S. Bancorp $22.74 billion $5.89 billion 16.06
U.S. Bancorp Competitors $5.50 billion $827.87 million 388.95

U.S. Bancorp has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. U.S. Bancorp 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.

Volatility & Risk

U.S. Bancorp has a beta of 0.85, indicating that its share price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, U.S. Bancorp’s peers have a beta of 0.78, indicating that their average share price is 22% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

U.S. Bancorp beats its peers on 9 of the 15 factors compared.

About U.S. Bancorp

U.S. Bancorp is a multi-state financial services holding company. The Company provides a full range of financial services, including lending and depository services, cash management, capital markets, and trust and investment management services. It also engages in credit card services, merchant and automated teller machine (ATM) processing, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and leasing. The Company’s banking subsidiary, U.S. Bank National Association, is engaged in the general banking business, principally in domestic markets. U.S. Bank National Association provides a range of products and services to individuals, businesses, institutional organizations, governmental entities and other financial institutions. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s loan portfolio was $273.2 billion. As of December 31, 2016, its investment securities amounted to $109.3 billion. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s deposits amounted to $334,590 billion.

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