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Commerce Bancshares, Inc. Message Board

  • SOUPBONE15 SOUPBONE15 Oct 27, 2003 11:25 AM Flag

    Whats this bank worth

    to a potential buyer? Book value is $22, 3 times book = $66, 4 times = $88. Would anyone like to comment. Commerce has a valuable franchise and would be a good fit for a lot of money center banks. Wells Fargo comes to my mind as a good fit.

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    • Forget it. I went to a nearby town that has a CBSH branch----found a 02 annual and thus, my answers. vic

    • I am a long time stockholder and former employee of CBSH. It remains my single largest holding. Clearly I have great faith in, as well as respect for, the management.

      As others have noted, the acquisition of the bank is unlikely due to the family control, but I am certain they would accept the right offer, if in the best interest of their investors.

      Regardless of what it is 'worth', I think it would take a real 'head-turning' offer to get it done. It might be seen like a 'sleepy' franchise to command such a 'head turning' price.

      Wells is an interesting mention of a dance partner. The management of CBSH and the former Norwest (which acquired Wells) were on very close terms and similar philosphies. I don't know how much that philosphy has changed with the more aggressive California Wells management in the works.

      Another post asked about mortgage risk. I see little problem, since traditionally, all long term stuff has been sold to the secondary market through the mortgage subsidiary. Only short term on the books. Great LTVs with a high end demographic segment and virtually no rate risk.

      I am still holding. Furthermore, future sales (and there will be some) are purely in the interest of diversication.

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