First Defiance Financial Corp. (FDEF) Releases Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.05 EPS

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by $0.05, Yahoo Finance reports. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a return on equity of 9.74% and a net margin of 21.47%. The company had revenue of $34.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $34.85 million.

Shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) opened at 54.93 on Friday. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 12-month low of $36.91 and a 12-month high of $56.91. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $51.90 and its 200 day moving average price is $52.08. The firm has a market capitalization of $557.48 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.69 and a beta of 0.92.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 9th. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 32.36%.

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A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on FDEF. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. ValuEngine upgraded First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. BidaskClub cut First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Sandler O’Neill raised First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $57.67.

About First Defiance Financial Corp.

First Defiance Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc (First Defiance Risk Management).

Earnings History for First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)

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