Shares of HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBI) have been assigned a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company.

Brokers have set a one year consensus price target of $28.25 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $0.29 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned HomeTrust Bancshares an industry rank of 204 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on HTBI shares. TheStreet raised HomeTrust Bancshares from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $27.00 target price on shares of HomeTrust Bancshares in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Janus Henderson Group PLC grew its stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 15.4% in the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 858,139 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $22,011,000 after acquiring an additional 114,354 shares during the period. Maltese Capital Management LLC grew its stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 8.0% in the third quarter. Maltese Capital Management LLC now owns 314,291 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $8,062,000 after acquiring an additional 23,400 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 8.9% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 661,390 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $16,965,000 after acquiring an additional 54,233 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 5.5% in the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 67,309 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,727,000 after acquiring an additional 3,499 shares during the period. Finally, Paradice Investment Management LLC grew its stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 29.8% in the third quarter. Paradice Investment Management LLC now owns 1,112,960 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $28,547,000 after acquiring an additional 255,209 shares during the period. 60.33% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of HomeTrust Bancshares (HTBI) opened at $27.20 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.68, a quick ratio of 1.32 and a current ratio of 1.32. HomeTrust Bancshares has a 52 week low of $21.40 and a 52 week high of $27.45. The company has a market capitalization of $515.77, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.48 and a beta of 0.34.

HomeTrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The financial services provider reported $0.30 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.27 by $0.03. HomeTrust Bancshares had a return on equity of 4.71% and a net margin of 11.28%. The business had revenue of $29.16 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.00 million.

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About HomeTrust Bancshares

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company of HomeTrust Bank (the Bank). The Bank’s principal business consists of attracting deposits from the public and investing those funds, along with borrowed funds, in loans secured primarily by first and second mortgages on one- to four-family residences, including home equity loans, construction and land/lot loans, commercial real estate loans, construction and development loans, commercial and industrial loans, indirect automobile, and municipal leases.

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