The Best ASX Bank Stocks
to buy Now In
june 2024

Check out our Industry Experts’ report and
analysis on the Best Bank Stocks right now on the ASX

The Best ASX Bank Stocks to buy Now In june 2024

Check out our Industry Experts’ report and analysis on the Best Bank Stocks right now on the ASX

Introduction to ASX Bank Stocks

ASX bank stocks refers to banking companies listed on the ASX. Sometimes this term exclusively means the so-called 'Big Four', but at other times it may include smaller peers such as Auswide and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

The term ‘Big Four Banks’ alludes to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX:CBA), Westpac Banking Corporation (ASX:WBC), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group – or ANZ Bank for short – (ASX:ANZ) and National Australia Bank (ASX:NAB).

These banks hold the largest majority of loans and deposits in Australia and all have an ‘oligopoly’ market position.

Why invest in ASX Bank Stocks?

They are popular with investors because they are consistent dividend payers and pay out amongst the highest on a per share basis. There were 12m people that received dividends from CBA alone in FY23, either directly or indirectly from their superfunds - the average was $3,532.

Why are the big banks high dividend payers? Because they make high profits - CBA for instance has made over $10bn in each of the last 2 years - and they pay out a high proportion of their earnings.

Sometimes, investors can make gains through growth in the share price, although it is more difficult compared to other stocks given the scrutiny on the industry and degree of competition between the banks. Nonetheless, it is sometimes possible for the banks to generate returns through share price growth - NAB doubled between March 2020 and March 2022 after emerging from the pandemic and winning the first phase of the so-called 'Mortgage Wars'.

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Future outlook of the ASX banking sector

In the short-term there potential problems with interest rate hikes and NIM impacts faced by Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, ANZ, and NAB as well as their industry peers.

However, even if short-term profitability is impacted, it is unlikely any of the banks will collapse. Margins are anticipated to level off in 2024 and increase in 2025 as the industry moves towards rational pricing, setting up the groundwork for increased profitability. Furthermore, the robust capital bases of the notable banks give protection and ensure the regular payment of dividends.

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ANZ Bank (ASX: ANZ)

We think of the so-called Big Four, ANZ is the bank with the most upside right now. This is because it has caught up with its peers from a technological perspective, and was finally able to acquire Suncorp's banking operations.


Macquarie Bank (ASX: MQG)

Macquarie (ASX: MQG) is a unique bank because although it has retail banking operations, it is better known for its offshore investments and successful track record there. Nonetheless, its retail banking divisions has made substantial inroads in the last decade at the Big Four's expense.

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ANZ Bank (ASX: ANZ)

We think of all the Big Four, ANZ has the most upside. This bank has the lowest P/E of any of its peers, has recently improved its technological stack and this has paid dividends for the bank, and completed the purchase of Suncorp's retail operations.

Don't fret, it is highly profitable (making $7.4bn in FY23) and it is dividend payer too, although it raised a few eyebrows last year when it only franked its dividend by little over 60%.

 

 

 

Macquarie Bank (ASX: MQG)

Despite Macquarie being a relatively young bank compared to the Big Four, it has grown into a company worth over $66bn.

It oversees investments in over 30 countries close to $800bn and is even challenging the Big Four in the Australian home loan markets (being the next largest lender). It has grown by over 60% in 5 years, easily more than any of the Big Four. The last couple of years haven’t been as easy, however.

The Pros and Cons of investing in ASX Bank Shares

The biggest benefit of investing in ASX Bank stocks is the substantial and consistent dividends they provides, drawn from consistently large profits. The ASX Banking Stocks generated an above-average yield of 4.5% (for the fiscal year 2023) in contrast to the S&P/ASX 200's weighted average of 3.5%. They are also strongly positioned in the market - smaller banks like Auswide and the odd neobank like Xinja bank go by like flies, hardly worth swatting at.

However, it is difficult to make returns from share price growth alone, considering the degree of competition between the banks. They must also contend with regulatory concerns, which can hurt banks' reputation and occasionally their coffers - Westpac copped a $1bn+ fine for CTF/AML breaches back in 2020.

How to choose the right ASX Bank Stocks?

In our view, to choose between the Big Four, you need to evaluate a few things. First, each banks' financial position by looking at its NPAT, ROE and dividend payments, not to mention capital adequacy ratios like CET1.

Secondly relative valuation. For this purpose, comparative analysis using price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-book (P/B) ratios are the best places to start.

Investors need to choose a stock that fits their risk tolerance and investment objectives stable income or growth. Unfortunately if it is the latter, it'll be difficult to find it in this sector.

Are ASX Bank Stocks a good investment?

ASX banks, rеprеsеnting some of Australia's largеst and most stablе financial institutions, arе gеnеrally considеrеd a sound invеstmеnt, particularly for thosе sееking consistеnt incomе through dividеnds. Thе sеctor's strong financial pеrformancе, еvidеncеd by robust rеturn on еquity (ROE) figurеs and rеsiliеnt profitability mеtrics, undеrscorеs its stability.

Additionally, ASX banks' rigorous adhеrеncе to stringеnt govеrnancе and rеgulatory standards еnhancеs invеstor confidеncе, rеinforcing thеir status as rеliablе invеstmеnts. Howеvеr, potеntial invеstors should bе cognizant of inhеrеnt risks, including sеnsitivity to intеrеst ratе fluctuations and еconomic cyclicality, which can impact profitability and loan dеmand.

Thе balancе shееts of thеsе banks, oftеn rеflеcting strong capital adеquacy ratios, indicatе a capacity to withstand financial downturns. Givеn thеsе attributеs, ASX banks can bе a compеlling addition to a divеrsifiеd invеstmеnt portfolio, particularly for thosе prioritizing incomе gеnеration and stability, albеit with a mindful approach to thе associatеd cyclical and rеgulatory risks in thе banking sеctor.

FAQs on Investing in Bank Stocks

ASX bank stock pricеs are influenced by sеvеral factors including intеrеst ratе changеs, Australia's еconomic health, federal government and rеgulatory shifts, and global markets trends. Invеstors oftеn monitor thеsе variablеs closеly as thеy can significantly impact profitability and markеt capitalization of banks likе Commonwеalth Bank, Wеstpac, and National Australia Bank.

Our Analysis on ASX Bank Stocks

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