First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) insider Gregory R. Allen sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.55, for a total value of $54,550.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) traded down $0.71 during trading on Thursday, hitting $53.54. The stock had a trading volume of 10,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 29,116. The stock has a market capitalization of $550.95, a PE ratio of 16.15 and a beta of 0.92. First Defiance Financial has a 1-year low of $46.27 and a 1-year high of $56.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 1.00.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $34.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $34.85 million. First Defiance Financial had a return on equity of 9.51% and a net margin of 21.47%. equities analysts forecast that First Defiance Financial will post 3.45 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 10th were given a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 9th. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial by 3.7% during the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 14,191 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $703,000 after purchasing an additional 503 shares in the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial by 1.4% during the first quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 31,519 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $1,561,000 after purchasing an additional 431 shares in the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial by 1.0% during the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 2,400 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $119,000 after purchasing an additional 23 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial by 5.9% during the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 353,042 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $17,479,000 after purchasing an additional 19,582 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of First Defiance Financial by 5.4% during the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 86,139 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $4,264,000 after purchasing an additional 4,384 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 64.25% of the company’s stock.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Zacks Investment Research raised First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, ValuEngine raised First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $57.67.

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First Defiance Financial Company Profile

First Defiance Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc (First Defiance Risk Management).

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