Columbia Banking System Inc (NASDAQ:COLB), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NasdaqGS over the last few months, increasing to $44.78 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $40.21. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Columbia Banking System’s current trading price of $43.36 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Columbia Banking System’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change. See our latest analysis for Columbia Banking System
What is Columbia Banking System worth?
Columbia Banking System appears to be overvalued by 65.03% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$43.36 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $26.27. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Columbia Banking System’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.
What kind of growth will Columbia Banking System generate?
Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. With profit expected to grow by 52.72% over the next year, the near-term future seems bright for Columbia Banking System. It looks like higher cash flows is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in COLB’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe COLB should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on COLB for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for COLB, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Columbia Banking System. You can find everything you need to know about Columbia Banking System in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Columbia Banking System, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.