Analysts Anticipate First Financial Corp (THFF) to Post $0.70 EPS
First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) has been given a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.
Brokers have set a 1-year consensus price objective of $48.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.70 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned First Financial an industry rank of 163 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.
A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of First Financial in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th.
First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.72 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.72. The firm 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%. research analysts predict that First Financial will post 2.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, January 8th will be paid a $0.51 dividend. This represents a yield of 2.14%. This is a boost 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 (DPR) is presently 35.09%.
Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its stake in First Financial by 9.3% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 30,225 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,430,000 after buying an additional 2,567 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in First Financial by 4.9% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 522,920 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $24,733,000 after buying an additional 24,521 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio bought a new stake in First Financial in the second quarter valued at $449,000. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its stake in First Financial by 49.4% in the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 47,491 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,246,000 after buying an additional 15,703 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Foundry Partners LLC lifted its stake in First Financial by 7.8% in the third quarter. Foundry Partners LLC now owns 146,560 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $6,976,000 after buying an additional 10,600 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 53.74% of the company’s stock.
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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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