Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate BankFinancial Co. (BFIN) to Announce $0.19 EPS

Equities analysts expect that BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) will post $0.19 earnings per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have made estimates for BankFinancial’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.18 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.19. BankFinancial posted earnings per share of $0.10 in the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 90%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 25th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that BankFinancial will report full-year earnings of $0.87 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.84 to $0.89. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the business will post earnings of $0.96 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.95 to $0.97. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow BankFinancial.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.17 by $0.03. BankFinancial had a net margin of 14.39% and a return on equity of 5.73%. The firm had revenue of $14.94 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.80 million.

A number of research analysts have commented on BFIN shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. BidaskClub upgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ BFIN) traded down $0.18 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $15.63. 28,493 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 24,620. BankFinancial has a 12-month low of $13.43 and a 12-month high of $17.00. The company has a quick ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30. The company has a market cap of $283.93, a P/E ratio of 31.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.48.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.08 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 6th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.05%. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 64.00%.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of BFIN. State Street Corp raised its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 32.0% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 465,027 shares of the bank’s stock worth $6,936,000 after purchasing an additional 112,676 shares during the period. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 102.4% during the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 215,426 shares of the bank’s stock worth $3,450,000 after purchasing an additional 108,993 shares during the period. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC acquired a new stake in shares of BankFinancial during the third quarter worth $672,000. OxFORD Asset Management LLP acquired a new stake in shares of BankFinancial during the third quarter worth $505,000. Finally, Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 119.1% during the third quarter. Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. now owns 53,715 shares of the bank’s stock worth $853,000 after purchasing an additional 29,200 shares during the period. 64.56% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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