Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Columbia Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Columbia Bank that provides financial services to businesses and consumers in the United States.


Earnings are forecast to grow 10.64% per year

Earnings grew by 140.7% over the past year

Risk Analysis

No risks detected for CLBK from our risk checks.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet with solid track record.

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Share Price & News

How has Columbia Financial's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CLBK has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Mortgage


US Market

1 Year Return




US Mortgage


US Market

Return vs Industry: CLBK exceeded the US Mortgage industry which returned 4.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CLBK underperformed the US Market which returned 18% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day0.4%-1.0%-1.0%
30 Day2.0%-1.9%0.6%
90 Day5.7%-2.1%7.9%
1 Year7.8%7.8%7.4%4.9%20.4%18.0%
3 Yearn/a18.7%10.3%48.0%38.5%
5 Yearn/a58.4%40.9%72.2%53.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Columbia Financial's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Columbia Financial undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: CLBK ($17.21) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($1.4)

Significantly Below Fair Value: CLBK is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CLBK is poor value based on its PE Ratio (34.9x) compared to the Mortgage industry average (13.6x).

PE vs Market: CLBK is poor value based on its PE Ratio (34.9x) compared to the US market (18.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CLBK is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.3x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CLBK is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.9x) compared to the US Mortgage industry average (1.1x).

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Future Growth

How is Columbia Financial forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 2 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CLBK's forecast earnings growth (10.6% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: CLBK's earnings (10.6% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CLBK's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: CLBK's revenue (5.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CLBK's revenue (5.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CLBK's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (5.9%).

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Past Performance

How has Columbia Financial performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CLBK has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CLBK's current net profit margins (27.4%) are higher than last year (12.7%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CLBK's earnings have grown significantly by 26.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CLBK's earnings growth over the past year (140.7%) exceeds its 5-year average (26.8% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: CLBK earnings growth over the past year (140.7%) exceeded the Mortgage industry 11.3%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: CLBK's Return on Equity (5.6%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Columbia Financial's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)

Financial Position Analysis

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: CLBK has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: CLBK's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.1x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: CLBK's level of assets compared to its equity is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: CLBK has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.

Low Risk Liabilities: CLBK's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: CLBK has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.

Low Risk Deposits: CLBK's loans are broadly funded by customer deposits.

Level of Bad Loans: CLBK has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.12%)

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What is Columbia Financial's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate CLBK's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate CLBK's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if CLBK's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if CLBK's dividend payments have been increasing.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of CLBK's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Tom Kemly (61yo)





Mr. Thomas J. Kemly, also Known as Tom, serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Columbia Financial, Inc. (MHC). Mr. Kemly is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Bank on ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Tom's total compensation ($USD1.68M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD3.80M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Tom's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Thomas Kemly
President9.1yrsUS$1.68m0.38% $7.1m
Dennis Gibney
Executive VP & CFO0yrsUS$717.98k0.16% $3.0m
Edward Allen
Senior EVP & COO0yrsUS$910.83k0.16% $3.0m
Damodaram Bashyam
Executive VP0yrsno data0.034% $637.7k
Geri Kelly
Executive VP & Human Resources Officer0yrsno data0.11% $2.0m
John Klimowich
Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer0yrsno data0.093% $1.7m
Mark Krukar
Executive VP & Chief Credit Officer0yrsno data0.088% $1.6m
Brian Murphy
Executive VP & Operations Officer0yrsno data0.059% $1.1m
Allyson Schlesinger
Executive VP & Head of Consumer Banking2.1yrsno data0.065% $1.2m
Joseph Dempsey
Executive VP & Head of Commercial Banking2.1yrsno data0.046% $864.4k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CLBK's management team is considered experienced (2.1 years average tenure).

Board Members

Thomas Kemly
President9.1yrsUS$1.68m0.38% $7.1m
Raymond Hallock
Independent Director21.1yrsUS$106.93k0.082% $1.5m
Frank Czerwinski
Independent Director23.1yrsUS$111.86k0.082% $1.5m
Noel Holland
Chairman of the Board0yrsUS$191.87k0.077% $1.4m
Henry Kuiken
Independent Director23.1yrsUS$108.86k0.12% $2.3m
Robert Van Dyk
Independent Director23.1yrsUS$120.29k0.096% $1.8m
Michael Massood
Independent Director17.1yrsUS$133.77k0.076% $1.4m
Elizabeth Randall
Independent Director17.1yrsUS$106.01k0.076% $1.4m
Paul Van Ostenbridge
Director0.3yrsno data0.0054% $100.3k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CLBK's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 19.1 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: CLBK insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Columbia Financial, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Columbia Financial, Inc.
  • Ticker: CLBK
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1927
  • Industry: Thrifts and Mortgage Finance
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$1.872b
  • Shares outstanding: 108.76m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Columbia Financial, Inc.
  • 19-01 Route 208 North
  • Fair Lawn
  • New Jersey
  • 7410
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CLBKNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDApr 2018


Columbia Financial, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Columbia Bank that provides financial services to businesses and consumers in the United States. The company offers non-interest bearing demand deposits, such as individual checking and commercial checking accounts; interest-bearing demand accounts comprising interest earning checking accounts and municipal accounts; and savings and club accounts, money market accounts, and certificates of deposit. It also provides loans, including commercial real estate and multifamily loans, one- to four-family residential loans, commercial business loans, construction loans, home equity loans and advances, and other consumer loans. In addition, the company offers title insurance products; and wealth management services. It operates 50 full-service banking offices in 10 of New Jersey’s 21 counties. The company was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Columbia Financial, Inc. is a subsidiary of Columbia Bank MHC. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/22 03:34
End of Day Share Price2020/02/21 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/12/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.