Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) posted its quarterly earnings results on Sunday. The company reported $0.68 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.50 by $0.18, MarketWatch Earnings reports. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 14.98% and a return on equity of 8.71%.
Shares of Business First Bancshares stock traded down $0.18 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $20.82. 1,516 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 38,962. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a current ratio of 0.98 and a quick ratio of 0.98. The firm’s fifty day moving average price is $20.92 and its 200 day moving average price is $17.10. Business First Bancshares has a twelve month low of $9.17 and a twelve month high of $26.64. The company has a market cap of $430.29 million, a PE ratio of 15.79 and a beta of 0.87.
Several research firms have issued reports on BFST. TheStreet upgraded shares of Business First Bancshares from a “d+” rating to a “c” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Business First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 5th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Business First Bancshares currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $23.50.
Business First Bancshares Company Profile
Business First Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for b1BANK that provides various banking products and services. It offers various deposit products and services, including a range of checking, demand, money market, time, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit; and remote deposit capture and direct deposit services.
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