Zacks: Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) Given $60.00 Average Target Price by Analysts

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) have been given an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating.

Brokers have set a 12-month consensus price objective of $60.00 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $1.19 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 148 out of 256 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on GSBC shares. Zacks Investment Research cut GenMark Diagnostics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 24th. BidaskClub cut Xencor from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 11th.

In other Great Southern Bancorp news, VP Linton J. Thomason sold 3,680 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.91, for a total value of $216,788.80. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 3,680 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $216,788.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP John M. Bugh sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $56.71, for a total value of $56,710.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 2,790 shares in the company, valued at $158,220.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 5,730 shares of company stock worth $335,701. 23.23% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. FMR LLC grew its holdings in Great Southern Bancorp by 22.5% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,397 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after purchasing an additional 440 shares during the period. Citigroup Inc. grew its holdings in Great Southern Bancorp by 15.2% in the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 3,837 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $177,000 after purchasing an additional 505 shares during the period. Two Sigma Investments LP grew its holdings in Great Southern Bancorp by 12.7% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 5,140 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $237,000 after purchasing an additional 581 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC grew its holdings in Great Southern Bancorp by 6.8% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 11,552 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $691,000 after purchasing an additional 735 shares during the period. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can grew its holdings in Great Southern Bancorp by 1,175.0% in the fourth quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 1,122 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $49,000 after purchasing an additional 1,034 shares during the period. 44.72% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

GSBC stock traded up $0.69 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $59.85. 14,082 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 28,023. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $59.20. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18. The firm has a market capitalization of $849.63 million, a P/E ratio of 12.71 and a beta of 1.06. Great Southern Bancorp has a 1 year low of $43.30 and a 1 year high of $61.35.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 17th. The financial services provider reported $1.28 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.13 by $0.15. The company had revenue of $52.08 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $51.50 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a return on equity of 14.36% and a net margin of 28.97%. Research analysts predict that Great Southern Bancorp will post 4.84 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 16th. Investors of record on Monday, July 1st were given a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.14%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 28th. Great Southern Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 27.18%.

Great Southern Bancorp Company Profile

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc operates as a bank holding company for Great Southern Bank that offers a range of financial services in the United States. Its deposit products include regular savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, fixed interest rate certificates with varying maturities, certificates of deposit, brokered certificates, and individual retirement accounts.

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