Analysts expect WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:WFBI) to announce $0.44 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zero analysts have issued estimates for WashingtonFirst Bankshares’ earnings. WashingtonFirst Bankshares posted earnings of $0.36 per share during the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year-over-year growth rate of 22.2%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings report on Thursday, January 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that WashingtonFirst Bankshares will report full-year earnings of $1.57 per share for the current financial year. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the company will report earnings of $1.70 per share. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover WashingtonFirst Bankshares.

WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41. WashingtonFirst Bankshares had a net margin of 19.00% and a return on equity of 18.37%. The firm had revenue of $23.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $24.98 million.

Shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) traded down $0.79 during trading on Tuesday, hitting $34.11. 29,414 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 33,378. The company has a current ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 0.98 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66. WashingtonFirst Bankshares has a 12-month low of $26.22 and a 12-month high of $37.19. The stock has a market capitalization of $429.32, a PE ratio of 22.39 and a beta of 0.11.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 24th. Investors of record on Monday, November 20th were issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 17th. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.82%. WashingtonFirst Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 13.91%.

In related news, CFO Matthew R. Johnson sold 2,503 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.50, for a total transaction of $83,850.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 67,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,246,342.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director James P. Muldoon sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.76, for a total transaction of $86,900.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 5,559 shares of company stock valued at $189,477. 20.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Citadel Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the third quarter valued at $224,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the second quarter valued at $259,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in WashingtonFirst Bankshares by 13.7% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 9,035 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $312,000 after buying an additional 1,086 shares during the period. California Public Employees Retirement System acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the second quarter valued at $320,000. Finally, Rhumbline Advisers acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the second quarter valued at $356,000. Institutional investors own 55.94% of the company’s stock.

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About WashingtonFirst Bankshares

WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank (the Bank), operates banking offices throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Company’s segments include Commercial Bank, Mortgage Bank, Wealth Management and Other. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio, Inc (Wealth Advisors), located in Fairfax, Virginia, and mortgage banking services through the Bank’s subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation, which operates in two locations: Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland.

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