Columbia Banking System Inc Valuation – Initial Coverage $COLB

Benjamin Graham taught that Intelligent Investors must do a thorough fundamental analysis of investment opportunities to determine their intrinsic value and inherent risk.  This is best done by utilizing a systematic approach to analysis that will provide investors with a sense of how a specific company compares to another company or by reviewing the 10 Stocks for Using A Benjamin Graham Value Investing Strategy – January 2017.  By using the ModernGraham method one can review a company’s historical accomplishments and determine an intrinsic value that can be compared across industries.  What follows is a stock analysis showing a specific look at how Columbia Banking System Inc (COLB) fares in the ModernGraham valuation model.

Company Profile (obtained from Google Finance): Columbia Banking System, Inc. is a bank holding company of Columbia State Bank (the Bank) and West Coast Trust Company, Inc. The Company provides a range of banking services to small and medium-sized businesses, professionals and individuals throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Bank provides a range of financial services through approximately 150 branch locations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The Company’s products and services include personal banking, business banking and wealth management. It offers its personal banking customers a range of account products, including noninterest and interest-bearing checking, savings, money market and certificate of deposit accounts. The Company offers its business banking customers with a range of checking, savings, interest bearing money market and certificate of deposit accounts. It provides individual and business retirement solutions, insurance solutions, wealth management and financial planning.

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ModernGraham Valuation of COLB – February 2017

Stage 1: Is this company suitable for the Defensive Investor or the Enterprising Investor?

What kind of Intelligent Investor are you?

Defensive Investor; must pass all 6 of the following tests.
1. Adequate Size of the Enterprise Market Cap > $2Bil $2,288,910,173 Pass
2. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 10 years prior Fail
3. Dividend Record Dividend Payments for 10 years prior Pass
4. Earnings Growth Increase of 33% in EPS in past 10 years using 3 year averages at beginning and end 725.00% Pass
5. Moderate PEmg Ratio PEmg < 20 35.91 Fail
6. Moderate Price to Assets PB Ratio < 2.5 OR PB*PEmg < 50 1.82 Pass
Enterprising Investor; must pass all 3 of the following tests, or be suitable for the Defensive Investor.
1. Earnings Stability Positive EPS for 5 years prior Fail
2. Dividend Record Currently Pays Dividend Pass
3. Earnings Growth EPSmg greater than 5 years ago Pass

Stage 2: Determination of Intrinsic Value

EPSmg $1.11
MG Growth Estimate 1.21%
MG Value $12.10
Opinion Overvalued
MG Grade F
MG Value based on 3% Growth $16.07
MG Value based on 0% Growth $9.42
Market Implied Growth Rate 13.71%
Current Price $39.79
% of Intrinsic Value 328.90%

Columbia Banking System Inc does not satisfy the requirements of either the Enterprising Investor or the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the insufficient earnings stability over the last ten years, and the high PEmg ratio. The Enterprising Investor has concerns regarding the lack of earnings stability over the last five years. As a result, all value investors following the ModernGraham approach should explore other opportunities at this time or proceed cautiously with a speculative attitude.

As for a valuation, the company appears to be Overvalued after growing its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.03 in 2013 to an estimated $1.11 for 2017. This level of demonstrated earnings growth does not support the market’s implied estimate of 13.71% annual earnings growth over the next 7-10 years. As a result, the ModernGraham valuation model, based on Benjamin Graham’s formula, returns an estimate of intrinsic value below the price.

At the time of valuation, further research into Columbia Banking System Inc revealed the company was trading above its Graham Number of $0. The company pays a dividend of $0.77 per share, for a yield of 1.9% Its PEmg (price over earnings per share – ModernGraham) was 35.91, which was above the industry average of 21.43.

Columbia Banking System Inc scores quite poorly in the ModernGraham grading system, with an overall grade of F.

Stage 3: Information for Further Research

Graham Number $0.00
PEmg 35.91
PB Ratio 1.82
Dividend Yield 1.94%
TTM Dividend $0.77
Number of Consecutive Years of Dividend Growth 7


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Most Recent Balance Sheet Figures

Balance Sheet Information 12/1/2016
Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation $6,493,000
Total Assets $9,509,607,000
Intangible Assets $400,393,000
Total Liabilities $8,258,595,000
Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) 57,229,000

Earnings Per Share History

EPS History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate
Dec2016 $1.81
Dec2015 $1.71
Dec2014 $1.52
Dec2013 $1.21
Dec2012 $1.16
Dec2011 $1.21
Dec2010 $0.72
Dec2009 -$0.38
Dec2008 $0.30
Dec2007 $1.91
Dec2006 $1.99
Dec2005 $1.87
Dec2004 $1.52
Dec2003 $1.37
Dec2002 $0.78
Dec2001 $0.87
Dec2000 $0.69
Dec1999 $0.81
Dec1998 $0.71
Dec1997 $0.65

Earnings Per Share – ModernGraham History

EPSmg History
Next Fiscal Year Estimate $1.11
Dec2016 $1.60
Dec2015 $1.45
Dec2014 $1.27
Dec2013 $1.03
Dec2012 $0.82
Dec2011 $0.69
Dec2010 $0.59
Dec2009 $0.73
Dec2008 $1.36
Dec2007 $1.84
Dec2006 $1.70
Dec2005 $1.46
Dec2004 $1.19
Dec2003 $0.98
Dec2002 $0.78
Dec2001 $0.77

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