Columbia Banking System (COLB) versus The Competition Head-To-Head Analysis

Columbia Banking System (NASDAQ: COLB) is one of 205 publicly-traded companies in the “Commercial Banks” industry, but how does it contrast to its peers? We will compare Columbia Banking System to similar companies based on the strength of its risk, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Columbia Banking System and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Columbia Banking System 27.72% 9.93% 1.33%
Columbia Banking System Competitors 20.47% 8.65% 0.92%

Volatility & Risk

Columbia Banking System has a beta of 1.24, meaning that its share price is 24% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Banking System’s peers have a beta of 0.74, meaning that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

95.6% of Columbia Banking System shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.1% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by institutional investors. 1.2% of Columbia Banking System shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 11.7% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Columbia Banking System and its peers gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue NetIncome Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Banking System $426.05 million $104.86 million 19.54
Columbia Banking System Competitors $343.38 million $72.34 million 20.98

Columbia Banking System has higher revenue and earnings than its peers. Columbia Banking System is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current recommendations and price targets for Columbia Banking System and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Banking System 0 2 2 0 2.50
Columbia Banking System Competitors 360 2856 2309 66 2.37

Columbia Banking System presently has a consensus price target of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 5.14%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 8.16%. Given Columbia Banking System’s peers higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Columbia Banking System has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Dividends

Columbia Banking System pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.1%. Columbia Banking System pays out 40.2% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.9% and pay out 34.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Summary

Columbia Banking System beats its peers on 10 of the 15 factors compared.

Columbia Banking System Company Profile

Columbia Banking System, Inc. (Columbia) is a bank holding company for Columbia State Bank (the Bank) and Columbia Trust Company (Columbia Trust). The Company provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and individuals. It offers products and services, which include Personal Banking, Business Banking and Wealth Management. Its Personal Banking products and services include Checking and Saving Accounts; Consumer Lending; Digital Banking; Residential Lending, and VISA Card Services. Its Business Banking products and services include Agricultural Lending; Commercial and Industrial Lending; International Banking; Merchant Card Services; Municipal Lending; Real Estate and Real Estate Construction Lending; Remote Deposit Capture; Small Business Administration (SBA) Lending; Small Business Services, and Treasury Management. Its Wealth Management products and services include Investment Services, Private Banking and Professional Banking.

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