The Final Verdict: Is Bank of Hawaii Corporation a Buy?

Despite stagnating growth, does Bank of Hawaii's strong credit quality and profitability justify a buy?

Jul 23, 2014 at 3:50PM

This is the final part in a three-part series breaking down Bank of Hawaii (NYSE:BOH). For Part 1, click here. For Part 2, click here.

It all boils down to this.

In the final section of this three-part series, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins concludes his analysis of Bank of Hawaii. In Part 1 he broke down the bank's asset quality and risk culture. In Part 2, he dove deep into the bank's profitability. All that's left is the bank's growth and valuation.

We've established that the bank has the kind of credit culture that an investor can get excited about. Not only are non-performing assets well below peer average, the bank isn't throttling the income statement with an over-sized loan loss reserve either.

That conservative credit culture isn't a hindrance on profits either. The bank crushes its peers in both profits and return on equity. Up to this point, the Bank of Hawaii looks like the perfect model of regional and community banking. The company is boring; it's straightforward; it's old school.

But for value investors, being a well run bank is not enough. The market must give us an opportunity to buy shares at a price that has no where to go but up. And that brings us to the conclusion of this three part series. 

We know that the Bank of Hawaii is a top notch bank -- but is it under, over, or fairly valued?

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