Financial Review: BankUnited (BKU) & Its Rivals

BankUnited (NYSE: BKU) is one of 26 publicly-traded companies in the “Retail & Mortgage Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare BankUnited to related businesses based on the strength of its risk, analyst recommendations, dividends, earnings, valuation, profitability and institutional ownership.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares BankUnited and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
BankUnited $973.23 million N/A 15.38
BankUnited Competitors $678.45 million $169.32 million 11.80

BankUnited has higher revenue, but lower earnings than its peers. BankUnited is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

98.2% of BankUnited shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 54.7% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 5.1% of BankUnited shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 12.9% of shares of all “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


BankUnited pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.4%. BankUnited pays out 37.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 28.4% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Risk & Volatility

BankUnited has a beta of 1.07, suggesting that its share price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, BankUnited’s peers have a beta of 0.82, suggesting that their average share price is 18% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for BankUnited and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
BankUnited 0 3 7 0 2.70
BankUnited Competitors 158 560 519 23 2.32

BankUnited presently has a consensus target price of $40.82, suggesting a potential upside of 19.00%. As a group, “Retail & Mortgage Banks” companies have a potential upside of 28.59%. Given BankUnited’s peers higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe BankUnited has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.


This table compares BankUnited and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
BankUnited 19.54% 9.81% 0.87%
BankUnited Competitors 14.79% -27.41% 0.87%


BankUnited beats its peers on 9 of the 14 factors compared.

About BankUnited

BankUnited, Inc. is the bank holding company of BankUnited (the Bank). The bank is a national banking association. As of December 31, 2016, the Bank provided a range of banking services to individual and corporate customers through 94 banking centers located in 15 Florida counties and six banking centers in the New York metropolitan area. The Bank also provides a range of traditional banking products and services to both its commercial and retail customers. The Company offers a range of lending products, including small business loans, commercial real estate loans, equipment loans and leases, term loans, formula-based loans, municipal and non-profit loans and leases, commercial and mortgage warehouse lines of credit, letters of credit and consumer loans. It offers traditional deposit products, including checking accounts, money market deposit accounts, savings accounts and certificates of deposit with a range of terms and rates.

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