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List of European banks in risk - by P/B-ratio (price-to-book ratio)

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Wikipedia: The price-to-book ratio, or P/B ratio, is a financial ratio used to compare a company's book value to its current market price. Book value is an accounting term denoting the portion of the company held by the shareholders; in other words, the company's total tangible assets less its total liabilities. The calculation can be performed in two ways, but the result should be the same each way. In the first way, the company's market capitalization can be divided by the company's total book value from its balance sheet. The second way, using per-share values, is to divide the company's current share price by the book value per share (i.e. its book value divided by the number of outstanding shares).

As with most ratios, it varies a fair amount by industry. Industries that require more infrastructure capital (for each dollar of profit) will usually trade at P/B ratios much lower than, for example, consulting firms. P/B ratios are commonly used to compare banks, because most assets and liabilities of banks are constantly valued at market values. A higher P/B ratio implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets, all else equal (and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value). P/B ratios do not, however, directly provide any information on the ability of the firm to generate profits or cash for shareholders.

This ratio also gives some idea of whether an investor is paying too much for what would be left if the company went bankrupt immediately. For companies in distress, the book value is usually calculated without the intangible assets that would have no resale value. In such cases, P/B should also be calculated on a "diluted" basis, because stock options may well vest on sale of the company or change of control or firing of management.

It is also known as the market-to-book ratio and the price-to-equity ratio (which should not be confused with the price-to-earnings ratio), and its inverse is called the book-to-market ratio.



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EFG Eurobank Ergasias (Greece)


-79 %

Alpha Bank (Greece)


-71 %

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (Italy)


-53 %

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (UK)


-43 %

Banco Popolare Societa Cooperativa (Italy)


-62 %

UBI Banca (Italy)


-56 %

Banco Comercial Portugues (Portugal)


-69 %

Unicredit (Italy)


-49 %

Crédit Agricole (France)


-46 %

National Bank of Greece (Greece)


-64 %

KBC Groupe (Belgiium)


-33 %

Dexia (Belgium)


-61 %

Société Générale (France)


-51 %

Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy)


-46 %

Natixis (France)


-34 %

Banco Espirito Santo (Portugal)


-33 %

Commerzbank (Germany)


-68 %

Barclays (UK)


-44 %


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