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Community Bank System

Executive Summary

Community Bank System, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Community Bank, N.A.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet established dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has Community Bank System's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: CBU 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: CBU exceeded the US Banks industry which returned -27.6% over the past year.

Return vs Market: CBU underperformed the US Market which returned 6.7% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-0.4%1.1%2.3%
30 Day-2.6%-1.9%7.4%
90 Day-15.6%-5.0%17.9%
1 Year-13.9%-16.2%-25.1%-27.6%9.0%6.7%
3 Year8.0%0.1%-16.0%-22.7%36.6%27.7%
5 Year61.0%41.2%6.5%-6.4%64.2%46.1%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Community Bank System's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

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Is Community Bank System 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: CBU ($54.96) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($44.69)

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

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: CBU is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.1x) compared to the US Banks industry average (9.3x).

PE vs Market: CBU is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.1x) compared to the US market (16.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: CBU's earnings are forecast to decline next year, so we can't calculate its PEG ratio.

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: CBU is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.4x) compared to the US Banks industry average (0.8x).

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Future Growth

How is Community Bank System forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 8 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: CBU's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-5.1% per year).

Earnings vs Market: CBU's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-5.1% per year).

High Growth Earnings: CBU's earnings are forecast to decline over the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: CBU's revenue (2.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: CBU's revenue (2.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: CBU's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (7.2%).

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Past Performance

How has Community Bank System performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: CBU has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: CBU's current net profit margins (28.5%) are lower than last year (30.3%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: CBU's earnings have grown by 16.8% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: CBU's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: CBU had negative earnings growth (-1.7%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Banks industry average (1.7%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: CBU's Return on Equity (8.5%) is considered low.

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Financial Health

How is Community Bank System'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

Financial Institutions Analysis

Asset Level: CBU's Assets to Equity ratio (6x) is low.

Allowance for Bad Loans: CBU has a sufficient allowance for bad loans (175%).

Low Risk Liabilities: 95% of CBU's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.

Loan Level: CBU has an appropriate level of Loans to Assets ratio (58%).

Low Risk Deposits: CBU's Loans to Deposits ratio (73%) is appropriate.

Level of Bad Loans: CBU has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.5%).

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What is Community Bank System current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: CBU's dividend (2.98%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.68%).

High Dividend: CBU's dividend (2.98%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.6%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: CBU's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: CBU's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (50.1%), CBU's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: CBU's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (62.8% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


Mark Tryniski (60yo)





Mr. Mark E. Tryniski has been the President and Chief Executive Officer at Community Bank System Inc., and its subsidiary, Community Bank, National Association (DeWitt, NY) since August 1, 2006. Mr. Trynis ...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Mark's total compensation ($USD5.16M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD5.84M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Mark's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Mark Tryniski
CEO, President & Director13.92yrsUS$5.16m0.32% $9.2m
Joseph Sutaris
Executive VP2.08yrsUS$1.07m0.015% $429.8k
George Getman
Executive VP & General Counsel12.5yrsUS$1.29m0.088% $2.5m
Joseph Lemchak
Senior VP & Chief Investment Officer29.17yrsno datano data
Aaron Friot
Senior VP & CTO2.67yrsno datano data
Susan Fox
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer3.75yrsno datano data
Dorothy Quarltere
Chief Compliance Officerno datano datano data
Harold Wentworth
Senior Vice President of Retail Banking & Marketingno datano datano data
Bernadette Barber
Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer15.42yrsno datano data
James Wears
President of Banking20.42yrsUS$655.68kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: CBU's management team is seasoned and experienced (13.2 years average tenure).

Board Members

Mark Tryniski
CEO, President & Director13.92yrsUS$5.16m0.32% $9.2m
Michael Kallet
Independent Director4.58yrsUS$96.72k0.10% $2.9m
Eric Stickels
Independent Director4.58yrsUS$91.72k0.089% $2.6m
Jeffrey Davis
Independent Director3.17yrsUS$101.72k0.029% $816.3k
Brian Ace
Independent Director16.67yrsUS$108.72k0.12% $3.3m
Sally Steele
Independent Chair of the Board3.5yrsUS$136.72k0.12% $3.5m
Mark Bolus
Independent Director10.42yrsUS$106.22k0.20% $5.8m
Neil Fesette
Independent Director10.42yrsUS$105.72k0.016% $465.5k
John Parente
Independent Director10.42yrsUS$106.31k0.12% $3.5m
John Whipple
Lead Independent Director2.5yrsUS$111.31k0.00052% $14.9k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: CBU's board of directors are considered experienced (7.5 years average tenure).


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

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: CBU insiders have only sold shares 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

Community Bank System, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Community Bank System, Inc.
  • Ticker: CBU
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1866
  • Industry: Regional Banks
  • Sector: Banks
  • Market Cap: US$2.863b
  • Shares outstanding: 52.09m
  • Website: https://cbna.com

Number of Employees


  • Community Bank System, Inc.
  • 5790 Widewaters Parkway
  • DeWitt
  • New York
  • 13214
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
CBUNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDNov 1985
CBYDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURNov 1985


Community Bank System, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Community Bank, N.A. that provides various banking and other financial services to retail, commercial, and municipal customers. It operates through three segments: Banking, Employee Benefit Services, and All Other. The company offers various deposits products, such as checking, savings, and money market accounts, as well as time deposits. It also provides loans, including consumer mortgages; general purpose commercial and industrial loans, and mortgages on commercial properties; installment loans that are originated through selected dealerships and are secured by automobiles, marine, and other recreational vehicles; personal installment loans and lines of credit for consumers; and home equity products. In addition, the company offers broker-dealer and investment advisory; asset management; risk management; and employee benefit services, as well as operates as a full-service insurance agency that offers personal and commercial property insurance, and other risk management products. Further, it provides contribution plan administration, collective investment fund, retirement plan administration, fund administration, actuarial and benefits consulting, employee benefit trust, VEBA/HRA, and health and welfare consulting services. Additionally, the company offers wealth management, higher educational planning, fiduciary, risk management, and personal financial planning services; and investment alternatives, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and advisory products, as well as transfer agency and master recordkeeping services. As of December 31, 2019, it had 231 branches in Upstate New York, as well as Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts. Community Bank System, Inc. was founded in 1866 and is headquartered in DeWitt, New York. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/07/11 23:58
End of Day Share Price2020/07/10 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.