Great Western Bancorp (GWB) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Finds

News articles about Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) have been trending somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Great Western Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.3470863244711 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of Great Western Bancorp (GWB) traded down $0.08 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $40.72. 204,400 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 258,262. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a current ratio of 1.03 and a quick ratio of 1.03. Great Western Bancorp has a 52 week low of $33.27 and a 52 week high of $45.62. The stock has a market cap of $2,402.97, a PE ratio of 17.55, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.62.

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.09. Great Western Bancorp had a net margin of 27.04% and a return on equity of 8.66%. The company had revenue of $117.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $118.85 million. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.63 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Great Western Bancorp will post 2.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 9th will be given a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.96%. Great Western Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.48%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Deutsche Bank raised their target price on shares of Great Western Bancorp from $43.00 to $44.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 8th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $45.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, FBR & Co downgraded shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $44.00 price target for the company. in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. Great Western Bancorp currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.50.

In related news, EVP Stephen John Ulenberg sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.81, for a total value of $125,430.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 12,736 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $532,492.16. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Kenneth James Karels sold 1,510 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.00, for a total transaction of $67,950.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 6,775 shares of company stock valued at $285,271. Corporate insiders own 0.33% of the company’s stock.

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About Great Western Bancorp

Great Western Bancorp, Inc is a full-service regional bank holding company. The Company is the holding company of the Great Western Bank (the Bank). As of September 30, 2016, the Company served customers through 173 branches in various markets in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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