Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) has been given an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating.

Analysts have set a 12 month consensus price objective of $57.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.82 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 88 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

GSBC has been the subject of several research reports. Sandler O’Neill lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BidaskClub lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 target price on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th.

In other Great Southern Bancorp news, insider Rex A. Copeland sold 5,250 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $288,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 24,698 shares in the company, valued at $1,358,390. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, VP Douglas W. Marrs sold 625 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.68, for a total transaction of $34,175.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 2,531 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $138,395.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 5,926 shares of company stock valued at $325,471. Company insiders own 23.78% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Bank of America Corp DE boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 4.9% during the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 3,254 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $164,000 after buying an additional 152 shares during the period. Smith Asset Management Group LP boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 560.7% during the second quarter. Smith Asset Management Group LP now owns 4,242 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $227,000 after buying an additional 3,600 shares during the period. Aperio Group LLC purchased a new stake in Great Southern Bancorp during the second quarter valued at about $274,000. American International Group Inc. boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 7.2% during the first quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 6,612 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $334,000 after buying an additional 445 shares during the period. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 9.0% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 7,844 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $420,000 after buying an additional 647 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 40.28% of the company’s stock.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.82. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 23.03% and a return on equity of 11.60%. The company had revenue of $46.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.30 million.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 2nd were given a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, September 29th. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.78%. Great Southern Bancorp’s payout ratio is 26.67%.

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About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans.

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