WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows

Media headlines about WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. WashingtonFirst Bankshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the bank an impact score of 47.9958150763908 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ WFBI) traded down $0.12 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $33.09. The company had a trading volume of 15,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 18,849. The stock has a market capitalization of $414.65, a PE ratio of 21.63 and a beta of 0.13. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 1.00. WashingtonFirst Bankshares has a one year low of $24.62 and a one year high of $37.19.

WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41. The company had revenue of $23.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $24.98 million. WashingtonFirst Bankshares had a return on equity of 18.37% and a net margin of 19.00%. analysts anticipate that WashingtonFirst Bankshares will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 24th. Investors of record on Monday, November 20th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 17th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.85%. WashingtonFirst Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 13.91%.

Separately, BidaskClub cut WashingtonFirst Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th.

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In related news, CFO Matthew R. Johnson sold 2,503 shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares stock in a transaction on Friday, September 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $33.50, for a total transaction of $83,850.50. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 67,055 shares in the company, valued at $2,246,342.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 20.70% of the company’s stock.

About WashingtonFirst Bankshares

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank (the Bank), operates banking offices throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Company’s segments include Commercial Bank, Mortgage Bank, Wealth Management and Other. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio, Inc (Wealth Advisors), located in Fairfax, Virginia, and mortgage banking services through the Bank’s subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation, which operates in two locations: Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland.

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