Brokerages predict that First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) will report sales of $36.37 million for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have made estimates for First Financial’s earnings. The highest sales estimate is $37.14 million and the lowest is $35.60 million. First Financial reported sales of $34.83 million during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 4.4%. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th.

On average, analysts expect that First Financial will report full-year sales of $36.37 million for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $140.40 million to $146.57 million. For the next financial year, analysts forecast that the firm will report sales of $147.52 million per share, with estimates ranging from $146.10 million to $148.94 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales averages are an average based on a survey of research firms that cover First Financial.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.72. The company had revenue of $35.65 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.71 million. First Financial had a net margin of 23.48% and a return on equity of 8.11%.

Several research firms have recently commented on THFF. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine raised shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 26th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 price objective on shares of First Financial in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC bought a new stake in First Financial in the 3rd quarter worth about $1,721,000. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in First Financial by 2.7% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 105,094 shares of the bank’s stock worth $5,003,000 after purchasing an additional 2,751 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in First Financial by 58.2% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 11,787 shares of the bank’s stock worth $561,000 after purchasing an additional 4,334 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC grew its position in First Financial by 54.0% in the 3rd quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 10,477 shares of the bank’s stock worth $499,000 after purchasing an additional 3,672 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its position in First Financial by 20.1% in the 3rd quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 30,262 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,440,000 after purchasing an additional 5,070 shares in the last quarter. 53.76% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of First Financial (NASDAQ THFF) opened at $48.50 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $592.86, a PE ratio of 17.02 and a beta of 0.85. First Financial has a 52-week low of $39.55 and a 52-week high of $53.49.

The company also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 8th will be given a $0.51 dividend. This represents a yield of 2.14%. This is an increase from First Financial’s previous semiannual dividend of $0.50. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, January 5th. First Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.09%.

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First Financial Company Profile

First Financial Corporation is a financial holding company. The Company, through its subsidiaries, offers financial services, including commercial, mortgage and consumer lending, lease financing, trust account services, depositor services and insurance services. The Company’s subsidiaries include First Financial Bank, N.A.

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