Head to Head Review: Columbia Banking System (COLB) and Its Competitors

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

Institutional & Insider Ownership

95.7% of Columbia Banking System shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 46.5% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by institutional investors. 1.2% of Columbia Banking System shares are owned by insiders. Comparatively, 11.6% of shares of all “Commercial Banks” companies are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.


This table compares Columbia Banking System and its rivals’ 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 20.67% 8.78% 0.93%

Volatility & Risk

Columbia Banking System has a beta of 1.26, meaning that its share price is 26% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Columbia Banking System’s rivals have a beta of 0.74, meaning that their average share price is 26% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for Columbia Banking System and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Columbia Banking System 0 2 2 0 2.50
Columbia Banking System Competitors 349 2812 2295 66 2.38

Columbia Banking System currently has a consensus target price of $45.00, suggesting a potential upside of 4.58%. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies have a potential upside of 4.32%. Given Columbia Banking System’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts clearly believe Columbia Banking System is more favorable than its rivals.


Columbia Banking System pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.0%. Columbia Banking System pays out 40.0% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Commercial Banks” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.8% and pay out 33.9% of their earnings in the form of a dividend.

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Columbia Banking System $430.80 million N/A 19.56
Columbia Banking System Competitors N/A N/A 21.16

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


Columbia Banking System beats its rivals on 10 of the 14 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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