Analyzing Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (AVAL) and Woori Bank (WF)

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE: AVAL) and Woori Bank (NYSE:WF) are both mid-cap finance companies, but which is the better investment? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their institutional ownership, risk, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Valuation & Earnings

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This table compares Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores and Woori Bank’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores $7.80 billion 0.39 $588.72 million $0.69 12.67
Woori Bank $8.94 billion 0.97 $1.36 billion $5.40 7.13

Woori Bank has higher revenue and earnings than Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores. Woori Bank is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores and Woori Bank’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores 7.32% 6.61% 1.03%
Woori Bank 15.63% 6.96% 0.45%

Risk and Volatility

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores has a beta of 0.62, meaning that its share price is 38% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woori Bank has a beta of 1.12, meaning that its share price is 12% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

21.6% of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 0.4% of Woori Bank shares are owned by institutional investors. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Dividends

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores pays an annual dividend of $0.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 4.7%. Woori Bank does not pay a dividend. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores pays out 59.4% of its earnings in the form of a dividend.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current recommendations for Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores and Woori Bank, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores 0 1 0 0 2.00
Woori Bank 0 0 0 0 N/A

Summary

Woori Bank beats Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores on 8 of the 12 factors compared between the two stocks.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores Company Profile

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA is a Colombia-based holding company primarily engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the acquisition, purchase and sale of stocks, bonds and other securities of companies active in the financial sector. The Company provides a variety of financial services and products across the Colombian market, ranging from traditional banking services, such as loans and deposits to pension and severance fund management, as well as the provision of legal representation services.The Company owns such subsidiaries as Banco de Bogota SA, Banco Popular SA, among others. In April 2013, the Company acquired BBVA Horizonte Sociedad Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantias SA from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA. In December 2013, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya sold the entirety of its about 98.92% direct and indirect interest in Banco Bilbao Vizacaya Argentaria (Panama) SA (BBVA Panama) to Leasing Bogota SA, Panama, a subsidiary of the Company.

Woori Bank Company Profile

Woori Bank Co., Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides commercial banking products and services to individuals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and large corporations in South Korea. It operates through six segments: Consumer Banking, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Capital Markets, Credit Card, and Other Operations. The company accepts demand, time, saving, and installment deposits, as well as certificates of deposit. It also offers working capital, facilities, general purpose household, mortgage, and home equity loans. In addition, the company provides financial and real estate advisory, electronic banking, automated telephone banking system, mobile banking, and online escrow services, as well as Win-CMS, an electronic cash management system and in-house banking platform; credit cards; and securities investment and trading, derivatives trading, asset securitization, and investment banking services. Further, it offers international banking services, including foreign exchange and dealing, import and export-related services, offshore lending, syndicated loans, and foreign currency securities investment, as well as commercial banking services to retail and corporate customers; and asset management services, such as trust management, and trustee and custodian services relating to securities investment trusts. Additionally, the company is involved in the management of National Housing Urban Fund; and development and maintenance of system software, as well as in bancassurance, private equity, finance, and other credit finance credit information businesses. As of December 31, 2016, it had a total of 894 branches and offices in Korea; and 22 branches and offices internationally. Woori Bank Co., Ltd. was founded in 1899 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

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