Why Synovus Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, regional bank Synovus Financial (NYSE: SNV  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Synovus and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Synovus facts

Headquarters (founded)

Columbus, Ga. (1888)

Market Cap

$1.8 billion

Industry

Regional banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$952.7 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Kessel Stelling, Jr. (since 2010)
CFO Thomas Prescott (since 1996)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

(11%)

Cash / Debt

$1.4 billion / $1.9 billion

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

BB&T (NYSE: BBT  ) Regions Financial (NYSE: RF  ) Sun Trust Banks (NYSE: STI  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 88% of the 411 members who have rated Synovus believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star fukra, succinctly summed up the Synovus bull case for our community:

This one could work out spectacularly well -- or implode badly. However, with the economy reviving, and the south-east being one of the more densely populated regions of the country -- any uptick in home building/buying/small business activity will have a giant positive impact to this small bank in terms of mortgage and small business loans. With the economy almost certainly looking to heat up, this is a calculated risk I am willing to take.

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