Analysts Anticipate United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) to Post $0.21 EPS

Equities analysts expect United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) to announce earnings per share (EPS) of $0.21 for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for United Community Financial’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.20 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.21. United Community Financial reported earnings of $0.19 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 10.5%. The firm is scheduled to report its next earnings results on Tuesday, July 16th.

On average, analysts expect that United Community Financial will report full year earnings of $0.81 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.80 to $0.82. For the next financial year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of $0.88 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.85 to $0.90. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for United Community Financial.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by ($0.02). United Community Financial had a return on equity of 12.11% and a net margin of 27.09%. The firm had revenue of $28.26 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.00 million.

UCFC has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 28th. BidaskClub upgraded United Community Financial from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, April 1st. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, ValuEngine cut United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, March 22nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $11.50.

In other news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total value of $151,576.94. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 5,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $53,254.26. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 3.20% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 7.0% in the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,748,651 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $45,919,000 after acquiring an additional 308,814 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 1.8% in the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 3,327,957 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $31,116,000 after acquiring an additional 57,593 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 3.2% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 2,163,015 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $20,915,000 after acquiring an additional 67,397 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 3.2% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,163,015 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $20,915,000 after acquiring an additional 67,397 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 1.3% in the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 695,928 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $6,159,000 after acquiring an additional 9,187 shares during the last quarter. 63.21% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

UCFC opened at $9.18 on Monday. United Community Financial has a 12-month low of $8.49 and a 12-month high of $11.98. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65, a current ratio of 1.03 and a quick ratio of 1.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $447.94 million, a PE ratio of 12.41 and a beta of 0.56.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 10th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 29th were issued a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.05%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, April 26th. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is currently 37.84%.

United Community Financial Company Profile

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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