Business First Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:BFST) to Issue $0.10 Dividend

Business First Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:BFST) declared a dividend on Thursday, October 17th, Fidelity reports. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 15th will be paid a dividend of 0.10 per share on Saturday, November 30th. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 14th.

Shares of BFST stock traded up $0.21 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $24.82. 3,200 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 14,346. Business First Bancshares has a 1 year low of $20.64 and a 1 year high of $26.83. The firm has a fifty day moving average of $24.43 and a 200 day moving average of $24.61. The company has a quick ratio of 1.02, a current ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55. The firm has a market cap of $329.16 million, a PE ratio of 17.12 and a beta of 0.22.

Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 23rd. The company reported $0.46 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.46. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 19.63% and a return on equity of 8.53%. The firm had revenue of $22.18 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.47 million. Analysts expect that Business First Bancshares will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on BFST shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Business First Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Business First Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 2nd. Finally, DA Davidson reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Business First Bancshares in a research note on Monday, July 22nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $27.67.

In other news, EVP Donald A. Hingle II sold 1,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.49, for a total transaction of $36,735.00. Also, Director Andrew D. Mclindon purchased 1,900 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, September 4th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $24.81 per share, with a total value of $47,139.00. Company insiders own 7.43% of the company’s stock.

Business First Bancshares Company Profile

Business First Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Business First Bank that provides various banking products and services. It offers various deposit products and services, including a range of checking, demand, money market, time, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit; and remote deposit capture and direct deposit services.

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