News coverage about First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Bankshares earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.0182824581422 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- First Financial Bankshares (FFIN) Rating Increased to Strong-Buy at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- SunTrust Banks Comments on First Financial Bankshares Inc’s FY2018 Earnings (FFIN) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Q1 2018 EPS Estimates for First Financial Bankshares Inc Raised by SunTrust Banks (FFIN) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Abilene’s First Financial closes deal on Kingwood bank (reporternews.com)
A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered First Financial Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th. BidaskClub lowered First Financial Bankshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $48.00 price target on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a report on Tuesday. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $42.00 price target on shares of First Financial Bankshares in a report on Friday, October 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. First Financial Bankshares currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.33.
First Financial Bankshares (NASDAQ:FFIN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44. The company had revenue of $83.95 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $89.87 million. First Financial Bankshares had a return on equity of 12.70% and a net margin of 33.51%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.39 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that First Financial Bankshares will post 1.7 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Monday, December 18th were paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.63%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 15th. First Financial Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio is 45.51%.
In related news, Director David L. Copeland sold 1,368 shares of First Financial Bankshares stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.52, for a total transaction of $62,271.36. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 33,379 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,519,412.08. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 5.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
First Financial Bankshares Company Profile
First Financial Bankshares, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, conducts commercial banking business. As of December 31, 2016, the Company’s subsidiaries included First Financial Bank, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Technology Services, Inc, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company, National Association, Abilene, Texas; First Financial Investments, Inc, Abilene, Texas, and First Financial Insurance Agency, Inc, Abilene, Texas.
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