Commerce Bancshares: In Tougher Times, The 'Platinum Tortoise' Outperforms

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  • Commerce Bancshares did well in the third quarter on a core basis, with double-digit year-over-year core pre-provision profit growth driven by strong spread income.
  • Credit quality remains strong despite higher provisioning, but loan growth was more "okay" than good, and weaker earning asset growth is a modest concern.
  • Commerce's strong core deposit franchise and proven conservative management are positives in tough times, but the premium is a concern when bank stocks rally again.

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I've criticized the premium multiple of Commerce Bancshares (NASDAQ:CBSH) in the past, but in tougher times like these, the Street certainly seems to appreciate the quality core deposits and demonstrated underwriting competence of this conservatively-run

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Stephen Simpson is a freelance financial writer and investor. Spent close to 15 years on the Street (sell-side, buy-side, equities, bonds); now a semi-retired raccoon rancher. That last part isn't entirely true. Probably.

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