Why Bladex Is Poised to Bounce Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Latin American bank Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex) (NYSE: BLX  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Bladex facts

Headquarters (founded)

Panama City (1977)

Market Cap

$848.7 million

Industry

Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$128.7 million

Management

CEO Rubens Amaral, Jr. (since 2012)
CFO Christopher Schech (since 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

9.8%

Dividend Yield

5.4%

Competitors

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Banco Santander
Citigroup

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 432 members who have rated Bladex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, TMFInnovator, succinctly summed up the Bladex bull case for our community:

- South American trade bank that should benefit with the growth in the continent's GDP.
-Selling their Asset Management unit, which is a key move. This lowers the risk of the bank's asset and allows them to focus on their core business of making loans
-Valuation is cheap. P/B is now less than 1. Trailing P/E under 10.
-Dividend has doubled in the last three years and is now > 5%.

Bladex isn't a swing for the fences, but is a steady company with the wind at their back that should outperform over the long term.

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