By Robbie Citrino for Kapitall. Price to book (P/B) ratios are one of the most important metrics to value investors. It is caluclated by dividing the current market cap of a company by its tangible assets—cash and capital. When a company has a P/B of 1 it is valued at the exact amount of its tangible assets. Since the financial crisis, banks have been routinely valued at a P/B below 1 as investors, fearing new regulations and fines will inhibit banking’s growth in coming years, have scaled down their expectations for the sector. Read more about undervalued financial services stocks from Kapitall. These expectations, however, lead to a possible inefficiency in the market. If these five banks were to be dismantled today their shares would be worth more based on tangible assets alone than the market’s current valuation.
3. Citigroup, Inc. ( C): Provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. Market cap at $143.93B, most recent closing price at $47.38.P/B: .75 4. MetLife, Inc. ( MET): Provides insurance, annuities, and employee benefit programs primarily in the United States, Japan, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East. Market cap at $63.43B, most recent closing price at $56.35. P/B: .96 5. American International Group, Inc. ( AIG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): The company operates property and casualty insurance networks and conducts activities in the U.S. life insurance and retirement services industry. Market cap at $79.67B, most recent closing price at $55.07. P/B: .77 (List compiled by Robbie Citrino, mothly returns sourced from Zacks Investment Research, all other data sourced from Finviz.) Kapitall Wire is a division of New Kapitall Holdings, LLC. Kapitall Generation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of New Kapitall Holdings, LLC. Kapitall Wire offers free investing ideas, intended for educational information purposes only. It should not be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or any other product or service provided by New Kapitall Holdings, LLC, and its affiliate companies.