Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFD) and National Park (NYSE:PRK) Direct Inquiry

Washington Federal (NASDAQ:WAFDGet a rating) and National Park (NYSE:PRKGet a rating) are both small cap finance companies, but which stock is superior? We’ll compare the two companies based on the strength of their profitability, risk, valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations and dividends.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for Washington Federal and Park National, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sales Ratings Hold odds Buy reviews Strong buy odds Rating
Washington Federal 0 0 1 0 3.00
National Park 0 0 0 0 N / A

Washington Federal currently has a consensus price target of $40.00, indicating a potential upside of 31.32%. Given Washington Federal’s possible higher upside, analysts clearly believe that Washington Federal is more favorable than Park National.


This table compares the net margins, return on equity, and return on assets of Washington Federal and Park National.

Net margins Return on equity return on assets
Washington Federal 29.95% 10.65% 1.00%
National Park 31.96% 13.66% 1.51%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

80.5% of Washington Federal’s stock is held by institutional investors. In comparison, 60.9% of National Park shares are held by institutional investors. 1.6% of Washington Federal stock is held by insiders of the company. Comparatively, 2.5% of Park National’s stock is held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership indicates that large fund managers, hedge funds, and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


Washington Federal pays an annual dividend of $0.96 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Park National pays an annual dividend of $4.16 per share and has a dividend yield of 3.6%. Washington Federal pays 35.0% of its profits as a dividend. Park National pays 45.5% of its profits as a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings over the next few years. Washington Federal has increased its dividend for 13 consecutive years and Park National has increased its dividend for 5 consecutive years.

Risk and Volatility

Washington Federal has a beta of 0.76, which means its stock price is 24% less volatile than the S&P 500. By comparison, Park National has a beta of 0.79, which means its stock price is 21% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Benefits and evaluation

This chart compares Washington Federal and Park National’s revenue, earnings per share, and valuation.

Gross revenue Price/sales ratio Net revenue Earnings per share Price/earnings ratio
Washington Federal $652.17 million 3.07 $183.62 million $2.74 11.17
National Park $475.80 million 3.99 $153.95 million $9.15 12.78

Washington Federal has higher revenues and profits than Park National. Washington Federal is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Park National, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Park National beats Washington Federal on 9 of 16 factors compared between the two stocks.

About the Federal Government of Washington (Get a rating)

Washington Federal, Inc. operates as a bank holding company for Washington Federal Bank, National Association, which provides lending, deposit, insurance, and other banking services in the United States. The Company offers deposit products, including business and personal checking accounts, term deposit certificates, as well as money market accounts and passbook savings accounts. It also offers single-family residences, land construction, acquisition and development, consumer land, multi-family residences, commercial and industrial buildings, commercial real estate, home loans, business loans and to consumption. Additionally, the Company offers insurance brokerage services, such as personal and business insurance policies; owns and markets real estate; mobile and internet banking; and debit and credit cards, and acts as trustee. It serves consumers, medium and large businesses, and commercial real estate owners and developers. As of September 30, 2021, the company had 219 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Washington Federal, Inc. was founded in 1917 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

About the national park (Get a rating)

Park National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Park National Bank which provides commercial and trust banking services in small and medium population areas. The company offers deposits for current, savings and term accounts; trust and wealth management services; cash management services; vault operations; electronic funds transfers; Internet and mobile banking solutions with bill payment service; credit card; and various ancillary banking-related services for individuals. It also provides commercial lending, including industrial and commercial property financing, equipment, inventory and accounts receivable financing, acquisition financing and commercial leasing, as well as for the consumption ; commercial real estate loans including mortgage loans to developers and owners of commercial real estate; consumer loans, such as auto loans and leases; consumer credit services; home equity lines of credit; and residential real estate and construction loans, as well as installment loans and commercial loans. In addition, the company offers aircraft financing and asset management services. As of December 31, 2021, it operated 96 financial services offices and a network of 116 ATMs in 26 counties in Ohio, 1 county in Kentucky, 3 counties in North Carolina and 4 counties in South Carolina. The company was founded in 1908 and is based in Newark, Ohio.

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