Akbank TAS (OTCMKTS: AKBTYGet a rating) and Westamerica Bancorporation (NASDAQ: WABCGet a rating) are both finance companies, but which stock is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on valuation strength, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, profitability, risk and institutional ownership.

Volatility and risk

Akbank TAS has a beta of 0.85, meaning its stock price is 15% less volatile than the S&P 500. In comparison, Westamerica Bancorporation has a beta of 0.59, meaning its stock price is 41% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of the current ratings and recommendations for Akbank TAS and Westamerica Bancorporation, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Akbank TAS 0 1 2 0 2.67
Westamerica Bancorporation 0 0 1 0 3.00

Westamerica Bancorporation has a consensus target price of $75.00, indicating a potential upside of 35.31%. Given Westamerica Bancorporation’s stronger consensus rating and higher likely upside, analysts clearly think Westamerica Bancorporation is more favorable than Akbank TAS.

Valuation and benefits

This table compares revenue, earnings per share (EPS), and valuation of Akbank TAS and Westamerica Bancorporation.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Akbank TAS $5.81 billion N / A $898.88 million N / A N / A
Westamerica Bancorporation $216.79 million 6.88 $86.51 million $3.31 16.75

Akbank TAS has higher revenue and profit than Westamerica Bancorporation.


Akbank TAS pays an annual dividend of $0.02 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Westamerica Bancorporation pays an annual dividend of $1.68 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.0%. Westamerica Bancorporation pays 50.8% of its profits as a dividend. Westamerica Bancorporation has increased its dividend for 29 consecutive years. Westamerica Bancorporation is clearly the better dividend-paying stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity and return on assets of Akbank TAS and Westamerica Bancorporation.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Akbank TAS N / A N / A N / A
Westamerica Bancorporation 40.51% 11.09% 1.21%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

81.7% of the shares of Westamerica Bancorporation are held by institutional investors. 4.2% of the shares of Westamerica Bancorporation are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that hedge funds, large fund managers, and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


Westamerica Bancorporation beats Akbank TAS on 9 out of 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Akbank TAS Company Profile (Get a rating)

Akbank TAS, together with its subsidiaries, provides various banking products and services in Turkey and abroad. It operates through: Retail Banking; Commercial Bank, SME Bank, Investment Bank and Private Bank; and segments of the treasury. The Company’s retail banking services include deposit accounts, personal loans, commercial installment loans, credit cards, insurance products and asset management services, as well as bank cards, investment fund trading, automatic payment, foreign currency trading, safe deposit box rental, checks, money transfer, investment banking, and telephone and Internet banking. It also offers services to large, medium and small enterprises and corporates, including working capital financing denominated in Turkish liras (TL) and foreign currencies, investment financing, foreign trade financing, derivative instruments at purposes of hedging foreign exchange and interest risks, letters of credit, foreign exchange transactions, corporate finance and deposit and cash management services, as well as loans for project finance; and one-off and ongoing working capital management solutions for corporate clients, providing cash management services based on client requests that include collection and payment services and cash and information management. In addition, the Company is engaged in treasury activities consisting of spot and forward transactions in TL and foreign currencies, Treasury bonds and government bonds, Eurobonds and private sector bond transactions, as well as derivatives trading activities; and related treasury product marketing and pricing activities. In addition, it provides leasing services, stock brokerage and portfolio management services, as well as payment services and issues e-money. As of December 31, 2021, the company operated 710 branches. Akbank TAS was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.

Company Profile Westamerica Bancorporation (Get a rating)

Westamerica Bancorporation operates as a bank holding company for Westamerica Bank which provides various personal and business banking products and services. The Company accepts various deposit products, including retail savings and checking accounts, and certificates of deposit. Its loan portfolio includes commercial, commercial and residential real estate loans, construction and consumer real estate loans, as well as indirect auto loans. It operates through 78 branches 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. The company was incorporated in 1972 and is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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