28% Profit Margins and 15% Return on Equity at Bank of Hawaii Corporation: What Else Do You Need in a Bank Stock?

In Part 2 of this value investing analysis of Bank of Hawaii, we focus on the bank's profitability.

Jay Jenkins
Jay Jenkins
Jul 22, 2014 at 2:13PM

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

Times have been tough for banks over the past few years. Multibillion-dollar settlements. Delinquent loans. New regulations. Public vitriol. Just watching the news, you'd think that all banks should be avoided at all costs.

And if you thought that, you'd be wrong. Dead wrong.

Take the Bank of Hawaii, a $14 billion regional bank headquartered in -- you guessed it -- Honolulu, as an example. Quarter after quarter, the bank opens its doors, accepts deposits and makes loans. There's no complex derivatives book or prop trading desks. There's no scandal or ethical issues. 

The bank isn't a faceless corporation; you won't see Occupy Wall Street protesting at the company's headquarters.

And best of all for shareholders, it does all this while turning a very handsome profit. 

In the following video, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins continues his analysis of the bank. In this segment, Jay breaks down the bank's profitability, its revenue mix, and how exactly it's able to report peer-crushing 28% profit margins and 15% return on equity.

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