BankFinancial Co. (BFIN) Receives Average Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) has been given a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company.

Brokerages have set a twelve-month consensus price objective of $17.75 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.19 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given BankFinancial an industry rank of 19 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

BFIN has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub lowered BankFinancial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered BankFinancial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th.

Shares of BankFinancial (NASDAQ BFIN) traded up $0.38 during trading on Friday, hitting $15.81. The stock had a trading volume of 28,840 shares, compared to its average volume of 25,512. The stock has a market capitalization of $277.10, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.62, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.23 and a beta of 0.48. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30. BankFinancial has a 52-week low of $13.43 and a 52-week high of $17.00.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $14.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.80 million. BankFinancial had a return on equity of 5.73% and a net margin of 14.39%. sell-side analysts forecast that BankFinancial will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be given a dividend of $0.08 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 6th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.02%. BankFinancial’s payout ratio is 64.00%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. OxFORD Asset Management LLP purchased a new position in BankFinancial in the third quarter worth about $505,000. State Street Corp grew its position in BankFinancial by 32.0% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 465,027 shares of the bank’s stock worth $6,936,000 after acquiring an additional 112,676 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its position in BankFinancial by 1.7% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 455,790 shares of the bank’s stock worth $6,800,000 after acquiring an additional 7,550 shares in the last quarter. First Quadrant L P CA grew its position in BankFinancial by 179.4% in the third quarter. First Quadrant L P CA now owns 26,095 shares of the bank’s stock worth $415,000 after acquiring an additional 16,754 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. grew its position in BankFinancial by 26.9% in the fourth quarter. Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. now owns 127,473 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,955,000 after acquiring an additional 27,026 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 64.43% of the company’s stock.

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About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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