Great Southern Bancorp (GSBC) Raised to Buy at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Friday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Great Southern Bancorp from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Thursday. ValuEngine lowered Great Southern Bancorp from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Sandler O’Neill reiterated a hold rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research report on Tuesday, March 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a hold rating and issued a $56.00 price target on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Great Southern Bancorp presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $55.67.

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Shares of GSBC stock opened at $50.00 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $705.35, a P/E ratio of 13.59 and a beta of 1.00. Great Southern Bancorp has a twelve month low of $47.25 and a twelve month high of $58.45. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.08.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.89 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $46.65 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $47.40 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a return on equity of 11.38% and a net margin of 23.27%. equities research analysts expect that Great Southern Bancorp will post 3.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 2nd will be given a $0.28 dividend. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.24%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 29th. This is a positive change from Great Southern Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.24. Great Southern Bancorp’s payout ratio is 30.43%.

In other news, VP John M. Bugh sold 3,683 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.97, for a total value of $180,356.51. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 5,473 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $268,012.81. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director William E. Barclay sold 780 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.82, for a total value of $39,639.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 10,248 shares in the company, valued at $520,803.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 23.00% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Allianz Asset Management GmbH lifted its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 15.1% in the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 8,478 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $472,000 after purchasing an additional 1,111 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can lifted its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 8.7% in the 4th quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 15,214 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $786,000 after purchasing an additional 1,221 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp in the 3rd quarter valued at about $104,000. Aperio Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 60.4% in the 4th quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 5,776 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $298,000 after purchasing an additional 2,176 shares during the period. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 4.9% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 50,977 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,837,000 after purchasing an additional 2,384 shares during the period. 40.78% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Great Southern Bancorp Company Profile

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans.

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