Bridge Bancorp (BDGE) & Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) Head to Head Review

Bridge Bancorp (NASDAQ:BDGE) and Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WABC) are both small-cap finance companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability, earnings and institutional ownership.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

57.2% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 87.7% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 13.8% of Bridge Bancorp shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 4.5% of Westamerica Bancorporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Dividends

Bridge Bancorp pays an annual dividend of $0.92 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.9%. Westamerica Bancorporation pays an annual dividend of $1.60 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.7%. Westamerica Bancorporation has raised its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Bridge Bancorp has a beta of 0.79, indicating that its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Westamerica Bancorporation has a beta of 1.05, indicating that its stock price is 5% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

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

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Bridge Bancorp 12.39% 7.83% 0.77%
Westamerica Bancorporation 28.19% 11.15% 1.19%

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Bridge Bancorp and Westamerica Bancorporation’s gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Bridge Bancorp $167.95 million 3.78 $20.53 million N/A N/A
Westamerica Bancorporation $190.46 million 8.41 $50.02 million N/A N/A

Westamerica Bancorporation has higher revenue and earnings than Bridge Bancorp.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and target prices for Bridge Bancorp and Westamerica Bancorporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Bridge Bancorp 0 2 1 0 2.33
Westamerica Bancorporation 2 2 0 0 1.50

Bridge Bancorp presently has a consensus target price of $39.17, suggesting a potential upside of 22.17%. Westamerica Bancorporation has a consensus target price of $54.67, suggesting a potential downside of 8.98%. Given Bridge Bancorp’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Bridge Bancorp is more favorable than Westamerica Bancorporation.

Summary

Westamerica Bancorporation beats Bridge Bancorp on 10 of the 15 factors compared between the two stocks.

Bridge Bancorp Company Profile

Bridge Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for the BNB Bank that provide commercial and consumer banking products and services to small businesses, and municipal and consumer relationships. It accepts time, savings, and demand deposits. The company offers commercial real estate, multi-family mortgage, residential mortgage, secured and unsecured commercial and consumer, home equity, and construction loans; and mortgage-backed securities, collateralized mortgage obligations, and other asset backed securities. In addition, it offers certificate of deposit account registry service and insured cash sweep programs; merchant credit and debit card processing, cash management, lockbox processing, online banking, and remote deposit capture services; automated teller machines, safe deposit boxes, and individual retirement accounts; and investment products and services through a third party broker dealer, as well as title insurance brokerage services. As of January 29, 2018, the company operated 44 retail branch locations serving Long Island and the greater New York metropolitan area; and 1 loan production office in Manhattan. Bridge Bancorp, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Bridgehampton, New York.

Westamerica Bancorporation Company Profile

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding company for Westamerica Bank that provides various banking products and services to individual and commercial customers. The company accepts various deposit products, including retail savings and checking accounts, as well as certificates of deposit to local businesses and professionals. Its loan portfolio includes commercial, commercial and residential real estate, real estate construction, and consumer installment loans, as well as other loans primarily consisting of indirect automobile loans. Westamerica Bancorporation operates through 82 branch offices in 21 counties in Northern and Central California. The company was formerly known as Independent Bankshares Corporation and changed its name to Westamerica Bancorporation in 1983. Westamerica Bancorporation was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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