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France must raise pension age to 64, prime minister says
Elon Musk's mysterious ways on display in Tesla tweet trial
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NASDAQ:BFST

Business First Bancshares - BFST Stock Forecast, Price & News

$20.50
-0.33 (-1.58%)
(As of 01/27/2023 08:54 PM ET)
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Today's Range
$20.41
$20.68
50-Day Range
$20.50
$24.19
52-Week Range
$20.19
$29.16
Volume
55,200 shs
Average Volume
68,083 shs
Market Capitalization
$514.55 million
P/E Ratio
8.91
Dividend Yield
2.34%
Price Target
$28.33

Business First Bancshares MarketRank™ Forecast

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.67 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
38.2% Upside
$28.33 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
1.13% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Moderate
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
N/A
News Sentiment
0.50mentions of Business First Bancshares in the last 14 days
Based on 14 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
N/A
Proj. Earnings Growth
-3.08%
From $2.60 to $2.52 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

MarketRank is calculated as an average of available category scores, with extra weight given to analysis and valuation.

2.58 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

255th out of 891 stocks

State Commercial Banks Industry

64th out of 191 stocks


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About Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) Stock

Business First Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company. It engages in the provision of banking products and services through its subsidiary. The firm offers commercial and personal banking, treasury management, and wealth solutions services. The company was founded on July 20, 2006 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.

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BFST Stock News Headlines

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BFST Company Calendar

Last Earnings
10/20/2021
Ex-Dividend for 11/30 Dividend
11/14/2022
Dividend Payable
11/30/2022
Today
1/29/2023
Ex-Dividend for 2/28 Dividend
2/14/2023
Dividend Payable
2/28/2023
Next Earnings (Estimated)
4/25/2023
Fiscal Year End
12/31/2023

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry
State commercial banks
Sub-Industry
N/A
Sector
Finance
Current Symbol
NASDAQ:BFST
Employees
648
Year Founded
N/A

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Forecast
$28.33
High Stock Price Forecast
$30.00
Low Stock Price Forecast
$27.00
Forecasted Upside/Downside
+38.2%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.67
Research Coverage
3 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$52.14 million
Pretax Margin
25.98%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$265.42 million
Cash Flow
$2.84 per share
Book Value
$21.25 per share

Miscellaneous

Free Float
23,197,000
Market Cap
$514.55 million
Optionable
Not Optionable
Beta
0.85

Key Executives

  • David R. Melville
    President, Chief Executive Officer & Director
  • Keith Mansfield
    Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
  • Gregory Robertson
    Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
  • Philip Jordan
    Chief Banking Officer & Executive Vice President
  • Mimi Singer Lee
    Chief Human Resources Officer & Executive VP













BFST Stock - Frequently Asked Questions

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

3 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 2 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "buy" BFST shares.
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What is Business First Bancshares' stock price forecast for 2023?

3 brokers have issued twelve-month price targets for Business First Bancshares' stock. Their BFST share price forecasts range from $27.00 to $30.00. On average, they expect the company's share price to reach $28.33 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 38.2% from the stock's current price.
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How have BFST shares performed in 2023?

Business First Bancshares' stock was trading at $22.14 at the start of the year. Since then, BFST shares have decreased by 7.4% and is now trading at $20.50.
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Are investors shorting Business First Bancshares?

Business First Bancshares saw a decline in short interest in the month of January. As of January 15th, there was short interest totaling 283,700 shares, a decline of 5.5% from the December 31st total of 300,200 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 78,200 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 3.6 days.
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When is Business First Bancshares' next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, April 25th 2023.
View our BFST earnings forecast
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How were Business First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) released its earnings results on Wednesday, October, 20th. The company reported $0.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $43.64 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $43.46 million. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 20.44% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 13.21%.

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 Wednesday, January 25th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.12 per share on Tuesday, February 28th. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.34%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 14th.
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Is Business First Bancshares a good dividend stock?

Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 2.34%. The dividend payout ratio is 20.87%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, BFST will have a dividend payout ratio of 19.05% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
Read our dividend analysis for BFST.

What other stocks do shareholders of Business First Bancshares own?
What is Business First Bancshares' stock symbol?

Business First Bancshares trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "BFST."

Who are Business First Bancshares' major shareholders?

Business First Bancshares' stock is owned by a number of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include North Star Investment Management Corp. (0.04%). Insiders that own company stock include Alicia Robertson, Andrew D Mclindon, Carol Calkins, Donald A Hingle II, Drew C Brees, James J Buquet III, John P Ducrest, Keith Alexis Tillage, Mark P Folse, Rick D Day, Robert S Jr Greer, Steven Gerard White and Warren Mcdonald.
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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 WeBull, Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab.
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What is Business First Bancshares' stock price today?

One share of BFST stock can currently be purchased for approximately $20.50.

How much money does Business First Bancshares make?

Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) has a market capitalization of $514.55 million and generates $265.42 million in revenue each year. The company earns $52.14 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.30 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does Business First Bancshares have?

The company employs 648 workers across the globe.

How can I contact Business First Bancshares?

Business First Bancshares' mailing address is 500 LAUREL STREET SUITE 101, BATON ROUGE LA, 70801. The official website for the company is www.b1bank.com. The company can be reached via phone at (225) 248-7600 or via fax at 225-248-7650.

This page (NASDAQ:BFST) was last updated on 1/30/2023 by MarketBeat.com Staff