Press coverage about BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. BancFirst earned a coverage optimism score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the bank an impact score of 44.8422529279283 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.
A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on BANF shares. Zacks Investment Research raised BancFirst from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, April 23rd. BidaskClub raised BancFirst from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 7th. ValuEngine raised BancFirst from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on shares of BancFirst in a report on Friday, April 20th.
BancFirst traded down $0.50, reaching $61.60, during trading on Friday, according to MarketBeat Ratings. 268,122 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 40,147. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04. The company has a market capitalization of $2.03 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.65, a PEG ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.70. BancFirst has a 1-year low of $46.78 and a 1-year high of $63.55.
BancFirst (NASDAQ:BANF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 19th. The bank reported $0.95 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $93.15 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $90.57 million. BancFirst had a return on equity of 12.56% and a net margin of 24.74%. analysts predict that BancFirst will post 3.54 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 13th. Shareholders of record on Friday, June 29th will be issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 28th. BancFirst’s payout ratio is 30.88%.
In other news, EVP Kevin Lawrence sold 5,000 shares of BancFirst stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $58.02, for a total value of $290,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at $290,100. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Ken Starks sold 3,000 shares of BancFirst stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.38, for a total transaction of $187,140.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 3,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $187,140. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 50,470 shares of company stock valued at $2,879,850 in the last quarter. 42.32% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
BancFirst Company Profile
BancFirst Corporation operates as the bank holding company for BancFirst that provides a range of commercial banking services to retail customers, and small to medium-sized businesses. It operates through Metropolitan Banks, Community Banks, and Other Financial Services segments. The company offers checking accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, sweep accounts, club accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as overdraft protection and auto draft services.
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