For a lot of reasons, Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son (or "Butterfield") (NYSE:NTB) is an odd bank. It's the only publicly-traded pure-play on banking in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, it has uncommonly high market share, and it operates with uncommonly low risk-weighted assets. It also has a very healthy trust business and quite a bit of capital, not to mention above-average asset sensitivity.
Perhaps odder still is that this bank actually looks undervalued. Although I think it will be a challenge for Butterfield to deliver meaningful loan growth, the interest sensitivity and fee-generating businesses should generate revenue growth and good expense leverage. While compliance, regulatory, and oversight risks are real, even with an elevated discount rate, these shares look potentially undervalued today, with a solid dividend kicker as well.
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Butterfield's Profitable Banking And Trust Operations Overshadowed By Regulatory Concerns