Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Investar Holding Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Investar Bank that provides a range of commercial banking products for individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in South Louisiana.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet and undervalued.

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Share Price & News

How has Investar Holding's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

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

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Banks


US Market

1 Year Return




US Banks


US Market

Return vs Industry: ISTR underperformed the US Banks industry which returned 11.1% over the past year.

Return vs Market: ISTR underperformed the US Market which returned 19.3% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-2.5%-0.3%0.06%
30 Day-6.4%-0.5%1.7%
90 Day-7.1%0.6%9.0%
1 Year-9.3%-10.2%14.4%11.1%21.8%19.3%
3 Year12.0%9.8%24.7%15.7%49.5%39.9%
5 Year59.3%55.4%74.9%55.1%73.1%54.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

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Is Investar Holding undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: ISTR ($22.5) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($32.75)

Significantly Below Fair Value: ISTR is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: ISTR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (13.4x) compared to the Banks industry average (12.6x).

PE vs Market: ISTR is good value based on its PE Ratio (13.4x) compared to the US market (18.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: ISTR is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.7x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: ISTR is good value based on its PB Ratio (1x) compared to the US Banks industry average (1.2x).

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Future Growth

How is Investar Holding forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 5 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: ISTR's forecast earnings growth (20.5% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).

Earnings vs Market: ISTR's earnings (20.5% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (14.2% per year).

High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: ISTR's revenue (14.4% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).

High Growth Revenue: ISTR's revenue (14.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: ISTR's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (9.5%).

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Past Performance

How has Investar Holding performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: ISTR has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: ISTR's current net profit margins (24.4%) are higher than last year (22.7%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: ISTR's earnings have grown significantly by 21.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: ISTR's earnings growth over the past year (25.5%) exceeds its 5-year average (21.8% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: ISTR earnings growth over the past year (25.5%) exceeded the Banks industry 12.2%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: ISTR's Return on Equity (7%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Investar Holding'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: ISTR has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: ISTR's debt is not covered by short term assets (assets are 0.3x debt).

Financial Institutions Analysis

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

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

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

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

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

Level of Bad Loans: ISTR has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.37%)

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What is Investar Holding's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: ISTR's dividend (1.07%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.44%).

High Dividend: ISTR's dividend (1.07%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.71%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: Whilst dividend payments have been stable, ISTR has been paying a dividend for less than 10 years.

Growing Dividend: ISTR's dividend payments have increased, but the company has only paid a dividend for 5 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its low payout ratio (13.5%), ISTR's dividend payments are thoroughly covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: ISTR's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be thoroughly covered by earnings (12.1% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


John D'Angelo (59yo)





Mr. John J. D’Angelo serves as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at Investar Holding Corporation Investar Bank, National Association (the “Bank”). Prior to the bank’s organization, he served  ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: John's total compensation ($USD857.34K) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.11M).

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

Leadership Team

John D'Angelo
President6.3yrsUS$857.34k1.61% $4.0m
Christopher Hufft
Executive VP & CFO4.3yrsUS$401.89k0.23% $563.1k
Dane Babin
Executive VP & COO4.3yrsUS$245.67k0.15% $381.8k
Rachel Cherco
Executive VP4.3yrsUS$183.15k0.11% $264.1k
Randolf Kassmeier
Executive VP0yrsno data0.13% $314.9k
Ryan Finnan
Executive Vice President11.1yrsUS$201.80k0.17% $411.1k
Travis Lavergne
Chief Credit Officer & Executive VP7.6yrsno data0.081% $200.5k
Jeffery Blum
Executive VP and President of Commercial & Industrial Banking2.1yrsno datano data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: ISTR's management team is considered experienced (4.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

John D'Angelo
President6.3yrsUS$857.34k1.61% $4.0m
William Hidalgo
Chairman of the Board7.1yrsUS$19.99k0.53% $1.3m
James Baker
Independent Director7.1yrsUS$12.50k0.082% $203.3k
Thomas Besselman
Independent Director11.1yrsUS$12.50k0.82% $2.0m
James Boyce
Independent Director11.1yrsUS$12.50k0.25% $617.9k
Robert Boyce
Independent Director7.1yrsUS$19.99k0.49% $1.2m
Gordon Joffrion
Director7.1yrsUS$12.50k0.25% $628.2k
David Lukinovich
Independent Director7.1yrsUS$19.99k0.28% $691.5k
Suzanne Middleton
Independent Director7.1yrsUS$19.99k0.24% $596.5k
Andrew Nelson
Independent Director7.1yrsUS$19.99k1.03% $2.6m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: ISTR's board of directors are considered experienced (7.1 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

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

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have been diluted in the past year, with total shares outstanding growing by 5.1%.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Investar Holding Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Investar Holding Corporation
  • Ticker: ISTR
  • Exchange: NasdaqGM
  • Founded: 2006
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$248.903m
  • Shares outstanding: 11.06m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Investar Holding Corporation
  • 10500 Coursey Boulevard
  • Baton Rouge
  • Louisiana
  • 70816
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
ISTRNasdaqGM (Nasdaq Global Market)YesCommon StockUSUSDJul 2014


Investar Holding Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Investar Bank that provides a range of commercial banking products for individuals and small to medium-sized businesses in South Louisiana. The company offers various deposit products and services, such as savings, checking, money market, and individual retirement accounts, as well as various certificates of deposit; debit cards; and mobile banking services. It also provides commercial real estate loans; loans for the construction of commercial projects, and single family residential and multifamily properties; commercial and industrial loans, such as working capital lines of credit and equipment loans; consumer loans comprising secured and unsecured installment and term loans, second mortgages, home equity loans and lines of credit, and auto loans, as well as loans for personal, family, and household purposes; and one-to-four family residential real estate loans consisting of second and other second mortgage loans. In addition, the company offers cash management products, including remote deposit capture, electronic statements, positive pay, ACH origination and wire transfer, investment sweep accounts, and business Internet banking services. Further, it provides various other banking services, such as cashiers’ checks, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, night depository, bank-by-mail, automated teller machine, and merchant card services. The company operates through a network of 24 full service branches. Investar Holding Corporation was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/21 02:20
End of Day Share Price2020/02/20 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.