First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) Earns News Sentiment Score of 0.22

Press coverage about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a media sentiment score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the bank an impact score of 44.4774759980592 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ FFNW) traded down $0.17 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $15.61. 8,600 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 15,650. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a current ratio of 1.17 and a quick ratio of 1.17. The firm has a market cap of $170.79, a PE ratio of 17.94, a PEG ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.32. First Financial Northwest has a one year low of $14.83 and a one year high of $21.29.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by ($0.05). First Financial Northwest had a net margin of 18.74% and a return on equity of 6.45%. The company had revenue of $10.11 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.15 million. equities research analysts forecast that First Financial Northwest will post 0.81 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.79%. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.18%.

A number of research analysts recently commented on FFNW shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of First Financial Northwest from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd.

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First Financial Northwest Company Profile

First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.

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