Community Bankshares of Indiana, New Albany, IN (CBIN)

A Case of the Road Less Gravelled

I love this bank! Since coming public over 15 years ago, Community Bankshares of Indiana has grown nicely from a little $130M thrift to an $800M commercial bank with a diversified loan portfolio.

CBIN stock is cheap no matter how you look at it: price to book value, price to tangible book, or price to earnings. I would guess that a year from now, tangible book could reach $20 a share and we’re likely to see the stock trading for 120% of book or better, paving the way for a nice return if you buy it today.

Disclosure: As of this posting, I own shares of CBIN and may subsequently either dispose of them or purchase more.

Prospective Buyers
Although CBIN is surely an attractive acquisition target, I believe it should stay independent as long as Management continues to deliver such stellar returns. 
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Financial Snapshot
(as of 03/31/2013)

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NPAs to assets:
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Trailing 12-month return on assets:
Trailing 12-month return on equity:

Gary L. Libs, Chairman
James D. Rickard, CEO and President
Paul A. Chrisco, Executive VP and CFO
Gold Stars
I like these people! Although I don’t know them personally, I have a lot of confidence in CBIN's management team.
  • Libs and Rickard have been driving this money-making machine together for more than a decade. Libs has been a Director since 1989, and Rickard has been CEO and President since 2000
  • CBIN insiders own a whopping 19% of stock, and have made eight separate insider purchases already this year. Which — if you’ve followed my work, you already know — I consider a super strong indicator of future success
I like their numbers! Besides being solidly profitable for the past 15 quarters, CBIN:
  • Ranks in the top quartile of U.S. banks in ROE and ROA
  • Has reduced NPAs by more than 60% since they peaked in 2011
  • Has shown it can effectively acquire other banks — three so far! (most recently, First Federal Bank of Lexington, KY)

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