Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seeking Alpha: Fifth Third Looks Undervalued, But Not Without Some Reasons

I've seen a quote attributed to Warren Buffett that goes "price is what you pay and value is what you get". With that in mind, Fifth Third (NASDAQ:FITB) does indeed look undervalued today but there are reasons why the stock has been weak over the last year (down almost 18%) and a real laggard next to peers like U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), and Huntington Bancshares (NASDAQ:HBAN).

From the sounds of it, 2015 is going to be a challenging year for Fifth Third. Management's loan growth guidance doesn't compare well to what other banks in overlapping regions are seeing and the wind down of a consumer advance product is going to create a significant headwind. Amidst all that, management is not looking for any positive operating leverage.

Why be positive? A bad year (or two) doesn't make a bad bank and Fifth Third shares are priced for virtually no improvement in ROE over the coming years. Fifth Third has a good collection of fee-generating operations and relatively good exposure to growing banking markets. Fifth Third isn't going to appeal to investors that prize quality in banking stocks, but there is enough upside here to make a closer look worth the effort.

Read the full article here:
Fifth Third Looks Undervalued, But Not Without Some Reasons

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