Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

What's the Upside Potential for Bank of Ireland?

By Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:00PM

You’re reading a free article with opinions that may differ from The Motley Fool’s Premium Investing Services. Become a Motley Fool member today to get instant access to our top analyst recommendations, in-depth research, investing resources, and more. Learn More

Bank of Ireland could have huge upside potential, but it could also be hugely risky. Is the potential reward worth the danger here?

In this segment of The Motley Fool's all-financials show Where the Money Is, Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson take a question from a Fool reader on Facebook who writes, "Please discuss the upside potential for Bank of Ireland (NYSE: IRE)? I'm from Ireland and it is in a unique situation -- it is the only bank left trading in Ireland. This year, it will post its first profits since 2007 when it posted €1 billion in profits. Its market cap today is at 70% of pre-crash. I love the fact that Wilbur Ross and Prem Watsa own 20% of the firm. What do you think of the upside potential?"

The guys look at Bank of Ireland's unique situation and dig into some of its financials, and note that while the upside could be big here as Ireland continues to recover, sometimes buying the best house in a bad neighborhood is just too risky a move to make.

Invest Smarter with The Motley Fool

Join Over 1 Million Premium Members Receiving…

  • New Stock Picks Each Month
  • Detailed Analysis of Companies
  • Model Portfolios
  • Live Streaming During Market Hours
  • And Much More
Get Started Now

Stocks Mentioned

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c. Stock Quote
Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

*Average returns of all recommendations since inception. Cost basis and return based on previous market day close.

Related Articles

Motley Fool Returns

Motley Fool Stock Advisor

Market-beating stocks from our award-winning service.

Stock Advisor Returns
S&P 500 Returns

Calculated by average return of all stock recommendations since inception of the Stock Advisor service in February of 2002. Returns as of 05/29/2022.

Discounted offers are only available to new members. Stock Advisor list price is $199 per year.

Premium Investing Services

Invest better with The Motley Fool. Get stock recommendations, portfolio guidance, and more from The Motley Fool's premium services.