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NASDAQ:BFST

Business First Bancshares (BFST) Stock Price, News & Analysis

$22.45
+0.81 (+3.74%)
(As of 02/29/2024 ET)
Today's Range
$21.88
$22.46
50-Day Range
$21.18
$25.34
52-Week Range
$13.05
$25.57
Volume
76,603 shs
Average Volume
51,795 shs
Market Capitalization
$568.88 million
P/E Ratio
8.63
Dividend Yield
2.49%
Price Target
$23.33

Business First Bancshares MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.75 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
3.9% Upside
$23.33 Price Target
Short Interest
Bearish
0.95% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Moderate
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
N/A
News Sentiment
1.10mentions of Business First Bancshares in the last 14 days
Based on 3 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
N/A
Proj. Earnings Growth
4.29%
From $2.33 to $2.43 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

1.61 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

719th out of 874 stocks

State Commercial Banks Industry

172nd out of 184 stocks


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About Business First Bancshares Stock (NASDAQ:BFST)

Business First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for b1BANK that provides various banking products and services. It offers various deposit products and services, including checking, demand, money market, time, and savings accounts; and certificates of deposits, remote deposit capture, and direct deposit services. The company also provides commercial and industrial loans, such as commercial lines of credit, letters of credit, working capital, term, equipment financing, asset acquisition, expansion and development, borrowing base, and other loan products; construction and development loans; commercial real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising first and second lien 1-4 family mortgage loans, and home equity lines of credit; and consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment and term loans. In addition, it offers wealth management products, including mutual funds, annuities, individual retirement accounts, and other financial products, as well as other fiduciary services and private banking products and services. Further, the company provides a range of other financial services comprising debit and credit cards, treasury and cash management, merchant, automated clearing house, lock-box, receivables factoring, correspondent banking, and other treasury services, as well as employee and payroll benefits solutions; and drive-through banking facilities, automated teller machines, night depository, personalized checks, electronic funds transfer, domestic and foreign wire transfer, traveler's checks, vault, loan and deposit sweep accounts, online and mobile banking, e-statements, and bank-by-mail services. It operates full-service banking centers and loan production offices across Louisiana, and in the Dallas and Houston markets. Business First Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

BFST Stock Price History

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Company Calendar

Last Earnings
1/23/2024
Ex-Dividend for 2/28 Dividend
2/14/2024
Dividend Payable
2/28/2024
Today
2/29/2024
Next Earnings (Estimated)
4/25/2024
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2024

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Sector
Finance
Industry
State commercial banks
Sub-Industry
N/A
Current Symbol
NASDAQ:BFST
Employees
727
Year Founded
N/A

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
$23.33
High Stock Price Target
$26.00
Low Stock Price Target
$20.00
Potential Upside/Downside
+5.1%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.75
Research Coverage
4 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$71.04 million
Pretax Margin
25.07%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$389.97 million
Cash Flow
$2.50 per share
Book Value
$20.26 per share

Miscellaneous

Free Float
23,709,000
Market Cap
$562.80 million
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.96
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Key Executives

  • Mr. David R. Melville III (Age 49)
    President, CEO & Director
    Comp: $1.58M
  • Mr. Gregory Robertson (Age 52)
    Executive VP, CFO & Treasurer
    Comp: $643.79k
  • Mr. Keith Mansfield (Age 47)
    Executive VP & COO
    Comp: $627.32k
  • Ms. Saundra Strong (Age 46)
    Executive VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    Comp: $470.14k
  • Mr. Philip Jordan (Age 51)
    Executive VP & Chief Banking Officer
    Comp: $698.68k
  • Mr. Norman Jerome Vascocu Jr. (Age 50)
    Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer
    Comp: $369.28k
  • Dr. Margaret Singer Lee (Age 47)
    Executive VP, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Ms. Kathryn Manning (Age 36)
    Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer
  • Mr. Jesse Jackson (Age 48)
    Executive Vice President of Financial Institutions Group
  • Mr. Warren McDonaldMr. Warren McDonald (Age 57)
    Executive VP & Chief Credit Officer














BFST Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Business First Bancshares stock right now?

4 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Business First Bancshares in the last year. There are currently 1 hold rating and 3 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" BFST shares.
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What is Business First Bancshares' stock price target for 2024?

4 brokerages have issued 1-year price objectives for Business First Bancshares' stock. Their BFST share price targets range from $20.00 to $26.00. On average, they anticipate the company's share price to reach $23.33 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 3.9% from the stock's current price.
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How have BFST shares performed in 2024?

Business First Bancshares' stock was trading at $24.65 at the beginning of 2024. Since then, BFST stock has decreased by 8.9% and is now trading at $22.45.
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When is Business First Bancshares' next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April 25th 2024.
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How were Business First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, January, 23rd. The company reported $0.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $101.08 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $63.40 million. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 18.22% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 13.56%. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.66 earnings per share.

How often does Business First Bancshares pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Business First Bancshares?

Business First Bancshares declared a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, January 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, February 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.14 per share on Wednesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.49%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th.
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Is Business First Bancshares a good dividend stock?

Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 2.56%. The company does not yet have a strong track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio is 21.54%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, BFST will have a dividend payout ratio of 23.05% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What other stocks do shareholders of Business First Bancshares own?
Who are Business First Bancshares' major shareholders?

Business First Bancshares' stock is owned by many different institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (5.14%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (2.21%), The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (1.95%), Mendon Capital Advisors Corp (1.76%), Ranger Investment Management L.P. (1.32%) and International Assets Investment Management LLC (0.97%). Insiders that own company stock include Andrew D Mclindon, Carol Calkins, Drew C Brees, Edgar R Smith III, Greg Robertson, James J Buquet III, James J Buquet III, Jesse Jackson, John P Ducrest, Kathryn Manning, Keith Alexis Tillage, Kenneth W Smith, Mark P Folse, Rick D Day, Steven Gerard White, Warren Mcdonald and William K Hood.
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How do I buy shares of Business First Bancshares?

Shares of BFST stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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This page (NASDAQ:BFST) was last updated on 2/29/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff