Media headlines about First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Bankshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 45.6154128459975 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.
Several analysts have commented on the stock. Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $40.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of First Financial Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, March 12th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $47.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a research report on Tuesday, February 27th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 5th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. First Financial Bankshares has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $44.86.
Shares of FFIN stock opened at $48.85 on Wednesday. First Financial Bankshares has a 12-month low of $36.85 and a 12-month high of $49.60. The company has a market cap of $3,317.93, a PE ratio of 26.99 and a beta of 1.33.
First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.43 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.01). First Financial Bankshares had a net margin of 35.72% and a return on equity of 12.61%. The business had revenue of $83.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $90.40 million. equities analysts predict that First Financial Bankshares will post 2.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be given a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.56%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. First Financial Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 41.99%.
In other First Financial Bankshares news, Director Johnny Trotter purchased 11,400 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were bought at an average price of $45.10 per share, with a total value of $514,140.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 388,938 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,541,103.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Steven L. Beal sold 15,973 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.37, for a total transaction of $756,641.01. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 1,465 shares in the company, valued at approximately $69,397.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 4.77% of the company’s stock.
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First Financial Bankshares Company Profile
First Financial Bankshares, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, conducts commercial banking business. The Company’s subsidiaries included First Financial Bank, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Technology Services, Inc, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Investments, Inc, Abilene, Texas, First Financial Insurance Agency, Inc, Abilene, Texas, Commercial Bancshares, Inc, and Commercial State Bank, Kingwood, Texas.
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