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How to buy Columbia Banking System stock

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Columbia Banking System, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. Columbia Banking System shares (COLB) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Columbia Banking System employs 2,091 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Columbia Banking System share price

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Columbia Banking System shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-30.
52-week range$18.61 - $50.68
50-day moving average $44.69
200-day moving average $38.63
Wall St. target price$46.00
PE ratio 20.24
Dividend yield $1.12 (2.55%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.17

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Is it a good time to buy Columbia Banking System stock?

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Is Columbia Banking System under- or over-valued?

Valuing Columbia Banking System stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Columbia Banking System's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Columbia Banking System's P/E ratio

Columbia Banking System's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 20x. In other words, Columbia Banking System shares trade at around 20x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Columbia Banking System's PEG ratio

Columbia Banking System's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.26. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Columbia Banking System's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Columbia Banking System financials

Revenue TTM $526.9 million
Operating margin TTM 38.67%
Gross profit TTM $526.9 million
Return on assets TTM 1.01%
Return on equity TTM 6.84%
Profit margin 29.27%
Book value $33.19
Market capitalisation $3.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Columbia Banking System shares

There are currently 1.7 million Columbia Banking System shares held short by investors – that's known as Columbia Banking System's "short interest". This figure is 11.4% down from 2.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Columbia Banking System shares can be evaluated.

Columbia Banking System's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Columbia Banking System's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Columbia Banking System shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Columbia Banking System shares traded daily (recently around 334523.69942197). Columbia Banking System's SIR currently stands at 5.19. In other words for every 100,000 Columbia Banking System shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5190 shares are currently held short.

However Columbia Banking System's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Columbia Banking System shares, or, against the total number of tradable Columbia Banking System shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Columbia Banking System's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Columbia Banking System shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0326% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Columbia Banking System shares, roughly 33 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Columbia Banking System.

Find out more about how you can short Columbia Banking System stock.

Columbia Banking System share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 41.32% of net profits

Recently Columbia Banking System has paid out, on average, around 41.32% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.55% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Columbia Banking System shareholders could enjoy a 2.55% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Columbia Banking System's case, that would currently equate to about $1.12 per share.

While Columbia Banking System's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Columbia Banking System may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Columbia Banking System's most recent dividend payout was on 23 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 February 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Columbia Banking System's shares ever split?

Columbia Banking System's shares were split on a 105:100 basis on 9 May 2004. So if you had owned 100 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 105 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Columbia Banking System shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 4.8% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Columbia Banking System shares which in turn could have impacted Columbia Banking System's share price.

Columbia Banking System share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Columbia Banking System's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.6121 up to $50.6799. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

COLB.US volatility(beta: 0.94)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Columbia Banking System's is 0.9388. This would suggest that Columbia Banking System's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Columbia Banking System overview

Columbia Banking System, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Columbia State Bank that provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals, and individuals in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It offers personal banking products and services, including non-interest and interest-bearing checking, savings, money market, and certificate of deposit accounts; home mortgages for purchases and refinances, home equity loans and lines of credit, and other personal loans; debit and credit cards; and digital banking services. The company also provides business banking products and services, such as checking, savings, interest-bearing money market, and certificate of deposit accounts; agricultural, asset-based, builder and other commercial real estate loans, as well as loans guaranteed by the small business administration; debit and credit cards; and professional banking, treasury management, merchant card, and international banking services. In addition, it offers wealth management solutions that include financial planning services, such as asset allocation, net worth analysis, estate planning and preservation, education funding, and wealth transfer; insurance solutions, which include long-term care, and life and disability insurance; individual retirement solutions comprising retirement planning, retirement income strategies, and traditional and roth individual retirement accounts; and business solutions, which comprise business retirement plans, key person insurance, business succession planning, and deferred compensation plans to individuals, families, and professional businesses. Further, the company provides fiduciary, investment, and administrative trust services, such as personal and special needs trusts, estate settlement services, and investment agency and charitable management services. As of December 31, 2020, it operated approximately 145 branches.

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