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Investar Holding: Long Runway For Growth At An Attractive Price

Aug. 04, 2021 3:48 AM ETInvestar Holding Corporation (ISTR)12 Comments
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  • A solid branch footprint lends itself to providing a long runway for multi-year core loan growth.
  • Credit continues to improve, which should give investors solace in the discounted valuation.
  • The margin looks likely to hold steady near current levels.

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Investment Thesis

While most people are familiar with the mid-cap regional banks dotted across the United States, many fail to realize the dozens of community banks flying under the radar. Based on my assessment of investor interest, Investar

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Comments (12)

Down 13% today. Did somebody unload a boatload of shares?
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@NewToThis2015 there was a large loan impacted by Hurricane Ida
@ALG Research Wow. That must have been a heck of a loan. I took the opportunity to pick up a few more shares. Huge volume today too. I wonder if the company itself might have been doing some buying.

Where did you see the information about the loan? One of the SEC filings?
@ALG Research I see it on the 8-K. Wow. Better to get the pain over with now and hope for the best.
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Great article. I’m very familiar with This name. They have a good executive team, and are poised for strong growth. I’ve always heard that the Executive team wants to continue doing some pretty sizable M&A going forward. That coupled with a strong team makes me optimistic on their growth prospects over the coming 3-5 years.
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@ryan.hess1986 Hey Ryan - HWC and ISTR look poised to take share... FHN is not doing a great job integrating IBKC. You might know more about HWC though.... I would have agreed with the ISTR acquisition comment these past few years, but it seems like management want to get some currency in their share before doing it again.
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@ALG Research I’m def not opposed to them holding off on M&A. They’ve done a number of deals over the past few years, so a little time off to play “catch up”, and truly let synergies work into their favor is probably a good idea. I’m in your camp where I see good growth over coming years. I’ve always like these guys
I have had shares in this bank since before it was publicly traded. Nice to see some coverage of this stock here on SA. This stock has had tremendous dividend growth too. Often raising the dividend more than once per year.

Nice work on the article.
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@NewToThis2015 thanks! I lean towards the small cap banks, so be on the look out for more soon!
@ALG Research Will do. They can be an excellent source of dividend growth.
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Thank you for the research. Always looking for hidden gems.
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@cdgingrich Happy to help. Ill have more articles out soon.
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