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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 5.43
WABC's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
85% of the 1340 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.26 vs. WABC: 5.43 )
WABC' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 9.22
Current: 5.43

0.17
9.22
Equity to Asset 0.11
WABC's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
78% of the 1732 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 0.09 vs. WABC: 0.11 )
WABC' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 0.12
Current: 0.11

0.07
0.12
Interest Coverage 18.44
WABC's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
97% of the 1595 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.27 vs. WABC: 18.44 )
WABC' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.68   Max: 18.55
Current: 18.44

0.68
18.55
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 0.31
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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history
Operating margin (%) 41.42
WABC's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1755 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 28.45 vs. WABC: 41.42 )
WABC' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 29.28   Max: 57.37
Current: 41.42

29.28
57.37
Net-margin (%) 32.23
WABC's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1762 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 21.29 vs. WABC: 32.23 )
WABC' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 19.43   Max: 41.8
Current: 32.23

19.43
41.8
ROE (%) 11.74
WABC's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 1768 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 8.01 vs. WABC: 11.74 )
WABC' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 11.81   Max: 27.93
Current: 11.74

11.81
27.93
ROA (%) 1.28
WABC's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1768 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. WABC: 1.28 )
WABC' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 1.21   Max: 2.52
Current: 1.28

1.21
2.52
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 217.22
WABC's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1726 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 68.75 vs. WABC: 217.22 )
WABC' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 19.52   Max: 481.14
Current: 217.22

19.52
481.14
Revenue Growth (%) -5.60
WABC's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 1536 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. WABC: -5.60 )
WABC' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -9.4   Max: 15.2
Current: -5.6

-9.4
15.2
EBITDA Growth (%) -8.10
WABC's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 1385 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. WABC: -8.10 )
WABC' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -17   Max: 22
Current: -8.1

-17
22
EPS Growth (%) -8.00
WABC's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1355 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 9.20 vs. WABC: -8.00 )
WABC' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -14.1   Max: 25.2
Current: -8

-14.1
25.2
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Guru Investment Theses on Westamerica Bancorp

Lountzis Asset Management Comments on Westamerica Bancorp - Mar 21, 2014

Westamerica Bancorp is one of the finest banks in the country. However, the stock was selling for 3.5x tangible book value and 19x earnings, both representing excessive valuation levels. Furthermore, the net interest margin continued to decline from 5.11% over a year ago to under 4% today. Finally, with no growth in loan volumes and limited opportunities in the investment portfolio, we felt it was time to sell at a gain of over 40% including dividends.



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Lountzis Asset Management Comments on Westamerica Bancorp
Westamerica Bancorp is one of the finest banks in the country. However, the stock was selling for 3.5x tangible book value and 19x earnings, both representing excessive valuation levels. Furthermore, the net interest margin continued to decline from 5.11% over a year ago to under 4% today. Finally, with no growth in loan volumes and limited opportunities in the investment portfolio, we felt it was time to sell at a gain of over 40% including dividends. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 20.50
WABC's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
57% of the 1578 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 13.70 vs. WABC: 20.50 )
WABC' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 11.72   Max: 25.32
Current: 20.5

11.72
25.32
P/B 2.40
WABC's P/B is ranked lower than
52% of the 1590 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. WABC: 2.40 )
WABC' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.92   Max: 5.5
Current: 2.4

1.92
5.5
P/S 6.60
WABC's P/S is ranked higher than
50% of the 1711 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 2.85 vs. WABC: 6.60 )
WABC' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 4.05   Max: 9.36
Current: 6.6

4.05
9.36
PFCF 16.40
WABC's PFCF is ranked higher than
52% of the 982 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 8.80 vs. WABC: 16.40 )
WABC' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 7.87   Max: 20.08
Current: 16.4

7.87
20.08
EV-to-EBIT 10.95
WABC's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
85% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 19.25 vs. WABC: 10.95 )
WABC' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 30.8
Current: 10.95

6.2
30.8
Shiller P/E 14.90
WABC's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
79% of the 1093 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 16.35 vs. WABC: 14.90 )
WABC' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 10.2   Max: 23.39
Current: 14.9

10.2
23.39

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 3.10
WABC's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
66% of the 1484 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 2.38 vs. WABC: 3.10 )
WABC' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 1.77   Max: 4.1
Current: 3.1

1.77
4.1
Dividend Payout 0.63
WABC's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
58% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 0.47 vs. WABC: 0.63 )
WABC' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.19   Max: 1.24
Current: 0.63

0.19
1.24
Dividend growth (3y) 1.10
WABC's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1033 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. WABC: 1.10 )
WABC' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 1.1   Max: 30.5
Current: 1.1

1.1
30.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 3.32
WABC's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
60% of the 1497 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 2.67 vs. WABC: 3.32 )
WABC' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.9   Max: 4.4
Current: 3.32

1.9
4.4
Share Buyback Rate 3.00
WABC's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 1291 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: -1.90 vs. WABC: 3.00 )
WABC' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.6   Max: 0.6
Current: 3

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 3.22
WABC's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
57% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. WABC: 3.22 )
WABC' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.47   Max: 17.54
Current: 3.22

1.47
17.54
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.88
WABC's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
58% of the 1192 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 0.60 vs. WABC: 0.88 )
WABC' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 1.87
Current: 0.88

0.7
1.87
Price/Median PS Value 1.04
WABC's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
79% of the 1906 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 1.16 vs. WABC: 1.04 )
WABC' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.34   Max: 1.38
Current: 1.04

0.34
1.38
Price/Graham Number 1.71
WABC's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
52% of the 1409 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 0.93 vs. WABC: 1.71 )
WABC' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.94   Max: 4.61
Current: 1.71

0.94
4.61
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.10
WABC's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1603 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 6.90 vs. WABC: 9.10 )
WABC' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 3.2   Max: 16.1
Current: 9.1

3.2
16.1
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -2.04
WABC's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
52% of the 1348 Companies
in the Global Banks - Regional - US industry.

( Industry Median: 14.46 vs. WABC: -2.04 )
WABC' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -1.3   Max: 14.9
Current: -2.04

-1.3
14.9

Business Description

Industry: Banks » Banks - Regional - US
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Traded in other countries:WB1.Germany
Westamerica Bancorporation was incorporated under the laws of the State of California in 1972. The Company acts as a holding company for Westamerica Bank which provides banking services to individual and business customers in California. The bank offers deposit services such as: money market savings, checking accounts, non interest demand account deposits, and transaction, savings, and time accounts. Westamerica's portfolio of loans includes commercial and residential real estate, commercial and residential real estate construction loans. The Bank's main competitors includes major banks, smaller community banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions, thrift and loans, mortgage brokerage companies and insurance companies. Other institutions, such as brokerage houses, mutual fund companies, credit card companies, and certain retail establishments have offered investment vehicles which also compete with banks for deposit business. The Company is a bank holding company subject to the BHCA.
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Articles On GuruFocus.com
Lountzis Asset Management Comments on Westamerica Bancorp Mar 21 2014 
SVP/CFO of Westamerica Bancorporation John A Thorson sold 21,600 shares Jul 21 2013 
Final Dividend Contenders - Part XII Jun 07 2011 
Westamerica Ban Corp. (WABC) SVP/CFO John A Thorson sells 5,770 Shares Feb 08 2011 
Westamerica Ban Corp. (WABC) Chairman, President & CEO David L Payne sells 27,081 Shares Nov 04 2010 
Westamerica Ban Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Nov 01 2010 
Westamerica Ban Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Jul 30 2010 
Westamerica Ban Corp. (WABC) Chairman, President & CEO David L Payne sells 74,400 Shares Jul 22 2010 
Westamerica Ban Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Apr 30 2010 
Westamerica Ban Corp. (WABC) SVP/CFO John A Thorson sells 6,000 Shares Apr 27 2010 

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