Shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) have earned an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a buy rating.

Brokerages have set a 12-month consensus target price of $18.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.33 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 165 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 21st.

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Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) traded up 0.1188% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $16.8499. The stock had a trading volume of 356 shares. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 12-month low of $14.23 and a 12-month high of $18.70. The firm has a market cap of $74.68 million, a PE ratio of 13.8114 and a beta of 1.20. The company has a 50-day moving average of $16.33 and a 200-day moving average of $16.05.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.33 by $0.05. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 18.34% and a return on equity of 7.97%. Analysts expect that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post $1.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 20th. Investors of record on Monday, October 10th will be paid a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, October 5th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.90%. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.23%.

In other news, Director John F. Griesemer purchased 7,900 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 29th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $16.17 per share, for a total transaction of $127,743.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. 12.50% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Maltese Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 30.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 107,600 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 25,200 shares during the period. Maltese Capital Management LLC owned 2.46% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $1,718,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. 35.35% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares Company Profile

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc is the savings and loan holding company for Guaranty Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s principal business is attracting retail deposits from the public and investing the deposits, together with funds generated from operations, in commercial real estate loans, multi-family residential mortgage loans, construction loans, permanent one to four-family residential mortgage loans, business loans, consumer loans and other loans.

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