NASDAQ:BFST - Business First Bancshares Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $25.35 -0.01 (-0.04 %) (As of 05/21/2019 04:43 AM ET)Previous Close$25.36Today's Range$24.91 - $25.3752-Week Range$20.64 - $27.89Volume7,018 shsAverage Volume15,371 shsMarket Capitalization$338.70 millionP/E Ratio17.48Dividend Yield1.58%BetaN/A ProfileAnalyst RatingsChartDividendEarningsInsider TradesInstitutional OwnershipHeadlinesSocial Media Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on StocktwitsPrint this articleShare by Email 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. The company also provides commercial and industrial loans, including commercial lines of credit, working capital loans, term loans, equipment financing, asset acquisition, expansion and development loans, borrowing base loans, letters of credit, and other loan products; construction and development loans; commercial real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising first and second lien one-to-four family mortgage loans, and home equity lines of credit; consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment and term loans; and credit cards. In addition, it offers wealth management products, including mutual funds, annuities, individual retirement accounts, and other financial products. Further, the company provides a range of other financial services comprising drive-through banking facilities, automated teller machines, and employee and payroll benefits solutions; and night depository, personalized checks, treasury and cash management, merchant, automated clearing house, electronic funds transfer, domestic and foreign wire transfer, traveler's checks, vault, loan and deposit sweep accounts, lock-box, international trade finance, international trade, foreign exchange, online and mobile banking, e-statements, and bank-by-mail services. The company operates through 25 banking centers located in the State of Louisiana and in Dallas, Texas. Business First Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Receive BFST News and Ratings via Email Sign-up to receive the latest news and ratings for BFST and its competitors with MarketBeat's FREE daily newsletter. Industry, Sector and Symbol Stock Exchange NASDAQ Industry State commercial banks Sub-IndustryN/A SectorFinance Current SymbolNASDAQ:BFST Previous Symbol CUSIPN/A CIKN/A Webwww.b1bank.com Phone225-248-7600Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.20 Current Ratio0.95 Quick Ratio0.95Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio17.48 Forward P/E Ratio13.93 P/E GrowthN/A Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$83.97 million Price / Sales4.03 Cash Flow$1.67 per share Price / Cash Flow15.18 Book Value$20.14 per share Price / Book1.26Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$1.45 Net Income$14.09 million Net Margins18.11% Return on Equity7.91% Return on Assets1.00%Miscellaneous Employees333 Outstanding Shares13,361,000Market Cap$338.70 million Next Earnings Date7/23/2019 (Estimated) OptionableNot Optionable Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) Frequently Asked Questions What is Business First Bancshares' stock symbol? Business First Bancshares trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "BFST." How often does Business First Bancshares pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Business First Bancshares? Business First Bancshares announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 24th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 15th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share on Friday, May 31st. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.58%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 14th. This is an increase from Business First Bancshares's previous quarterly dividend of $0.08. View Business First Bancshares' Dividend History. How were Business First Bancshares' earnings last quarter? Business First Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:BFST) posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April, 23rd. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $21.43 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $21.29 million. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 18.11% and a return on equity of 7.91%. View Business First Bancshares' Earnings History. When is Business First Bancshares' next earnings date? Business First Bancshares is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, July 23rd 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Business First Bancshares. What price target have analysts set for BFST? 3 analysts have issued 1-year price objectives for Business First Bancshares' stock. Their predictions range from $29.00 to $29.00. On average, they anticipate Business First Bancshares' stock price to reach $29.00 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 14.4% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Business First Bancshares. What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Business First Bancshares? 3 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Business First Bancshares in the last year. There are currently 3 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Business First Bancshares. Has Business First Bancshares been receiving favorable news coverage? News coverage about BFST stock has been trending somewhat negative recently, InfoTrie reports. The research group rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Business First Bancshares earned a news sentiment score of -1.4 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave news stories about the company a news buzz of 10.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the near term. Who are some of Business First Bancshares' key competitors? Some companies that are related to Business First Bancshares include S & T Bancorp (STBA), Seacoast Banking Co. of Florida (SBCF), Lakeland Financial (LKFN), TriCo Bancshares (TCBK), 1st Source (SRCE), Southside Bancshares (SBSI), Enterprise Financial Services (EFSC), First Bancorp (FBNC), FB Financial (FBK), Republic Bancorp, Inc. KY (RBCAA), OFG Bancorp (OFG), Boston Private Financial (BPFH), Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH), State Bank Financial (STBZ) and Central Pacific Financial (CPF). What other stocks do shareholders of Business First Bancshares own? Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Business First Bancshares investors own include Comcast (CMCSA), JD.Com (JD), Netflix (NFLX), Xilinx (XLNX), Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), bluebird bio (BLUE), Central Valley Community Bancorp (CVCY), Docusign (DOCU), Federated National (FNHC) and Chart Industries (GTLS). Who are Business First Bancshares' key executives? Business First Bancshares' management team includes the folowing people: Mr. David R. Melville III, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 44)Mr. Gregory Robertson, CFO & Treasurer (Age 47)Heather Roemer, Sr. VP Director, HR & Talent Devel.Rodney Poncho Seaford, Regional Pres Who are Business First Bancshares' major shareholders? Business First Bancshares' stock is owned by a number of of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include RMB Capital Management LLC (7.31%), EJF Capital LLC (5.17%), BlackRock Inc. (4.07%), Banc Funds Co. LLC (3.93%), The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (1.87%) and Geode Capital Management LLC (0.87%). Company insiders that own Business First Bancshares stock include Alicia Robertson, Andrew D Mclindon, Donald A Hingle II, Greg Robertson, Keith Mansfield, Norman Jerome Sr Vascocu Sr and Robert S Jr Greer. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Business First Bancshares. Which major investors are selling Business First Bancshares stock? BFST stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Morgan Stanley, GWM Advisors LLC, First Trust Advisors LP and Ahrens Investment Partners LLC. Company insiders that have sold Business First Bancshares company stock in the last year include Donald A Hingle II and Norman Jerome Sr Vascocu Sr. View Insider Buying and Selling for Business First Bancshares. Which major investors are buying Business First Bancshares stock? BFST stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company , EJF Capital LLC, Raymond James & Associates, RMB Capital Management LLC, BlackRock Inc., Banc Funds Co. LLC, Northern Trust Corp and Geode Capital Management LLC. Company insiders that have bought Business First Bancshares stock in the last two years include Alicia Robertson, Andrew D Mclindon, Greg Robertson, Keith Mansfield and Robert S Jr Greer. View Insider Buying and Selling for Business First Bancshares. How do I buy shares of Business First Bancshares? Shares of BFST can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab. What is Business First Bancshares' stock price today? One share of BFST stock can currently be purchased for approximately $25.35. How big of a company is Business First Bancshares? Business First Bancshares has a market capitalization of $338.70 million and generates $83.97 million in revenue each year. The company earns $14.09 million in net income (profit) each year or $1.45 on an earnings per share basis. Business First Bancshares employs 333 workers across the globe. What is Business First Bancshares' official website? The official website for Business First Bancshares is http://www.b1bank.com. How can I contact Business First Bancshares? Business First Bancshares' mailing address is 500 LAUREL STREET SUITE 101, BATON ROUGE LA, 70801. The company can be reached via phone at 225-248-7600. MarketBeat Community Rating for Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ BFST)Community Ranking: 2.4 out of 5 ( )Outperform Votes: 45 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 47 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 92MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Business First Bancshares and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe BFST will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe BFST will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days. 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