First Bancshares (FBMS) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

Headlines about First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Bancshares earned a coverage optimism score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the bank an impact score of 45.444841167465 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

First Bancshares (NASDAQ FBMS) opened at $34.05 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $381.10, a PE ratio of 21.02 and a beta of -0.29. The company has a quick ratio of 0.85, a current ratio of 0.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. First Bancshares has a fifty-two week low of $24.05 and a fifty-two week high of $34.30.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 3rd were issued a $0.0375 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 2nd. This represents a $0.15 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.44%. First Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 13.04%.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on FBMS shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of First Bancshares in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $35.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, October 31st.

In related news, Director J Douglas Seidenburg bought 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was purchased at an average price of $29.00 per share, with a total value of $87,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 100,740 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,921,460. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Insiders bought 4,250 shares of company stock valued at $123,250 in the last three months. Company insiders own 8.08% of the company’s stock.

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About First Bancshares

The First Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (the Bank). The Company and the Bank engage in a general commercial and retail banking business for small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns and individuals. The Bank provides a range of banking services in its primary market area of South Mississippi, South Alabama and Louisiana.

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