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Why Columbia Banking System Inc (NASDAQ:COLB) Could Have A Place In Your Portfolio

Columbia Banking System Inc (NASDAQ:COLB) is a company with exceptional fundamental characteristics. Upon building up an investment case for a stock, we should look at various aspects. In the case of COLB, it is a financially-healthy , dividend-paying company with a a great track record of performance. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. For those interested in digger a bit deeper into my commentary, read the full report on Columbia Banking System here.

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record and pays a dividend

COLB delivered a bottom-line expansion of 21.0% in the prior year, with its most recent earnings level surpassing its average level over the last five years. In addition to beating its historical values, COLB also outperformed its industry, which delivered a growth of 12.1%. This is an optimistic signal for the future.

NasdaqGS:COLB Income Statement Export October 2nd 18

For those seeking income streams from their portfolio, COLB is a robust dividend payer as well. Over the past decade, the company has consistently increased its dividend payout, reaching a yield of 2.7%.

NasdaqGS:COLB Historical Dividend Yield October 2nd 18

Next Steps:

For Columbia Banking System, there are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for COLB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for COLB’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is COLB worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether COLB is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of COLB? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.