State Bank Financial (STBZ) Earns Media Impact Rating of 0.92

Media stories about State Bank Financial (NASDAQ:STBZ) have trended somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. InfoTrie identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. State Bank Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.92 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 8 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is very likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

NASDAQ:STBZ opened at $24.10 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.91, a current ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. The stock has a market cap of $936.64 million, a P/E ratio of 16.51, a PEG ratio of 0.81 and a beta of 0.99. State Bank Financial has a 52-week low of $23.58 and a 52-week high of $35.99.

State Bank Financial (NASDAQ:STBZ) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 22nd. The financial services provider reported $0.46 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by ($0.11). The firm had revenue of $68.32 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $68.65 million. State Bank Financial had a return on equity of 11.91% and a net margin of 19.96%. On average, research analysts predict that State Bank Financial will post 2.2 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 11th. Investors of record on Monday, December 3rd will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 30th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.32%. State Bank Financial’s payout ratio is presently 54.79%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on STBZ. BidaskClub lowered State Bank Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday. ValuEngine lowered State Bank Financial from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised State Bank Financial from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $39.50 to $37.00 in a research report on Thursday, November 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised State Bank Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $26.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. State Bank Financial has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.83.

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About State Bank Financial

State Bank Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for State Bank and Trust Company that provides various community banking services to individuals and businesses. The company's deposit products and services include checking, commercial operating, savings and money market, and individual retirement accounts, as well as short- to longer-term certificates of deposit, commercial and consumer demand deposit, and savings and time deposit products.

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