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NASDAQ:BFST - Business First Bancshares Stock Price, Forecast & News

-0.26 (-1.01 %)
(As of 02/23/2020 05:02 AM ET)
Today's Range
Now: $25.45
50-Day Range
MA: $25.23
52-Week Range
Now: $25.45
Volume25,599 shs
Average Volume17,243 shs
Market Capitalization$337.98 million
P/E Ratio14.71
Dividend Yield1.56%
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.

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry State commercial banks
Current SymbolNASDAQ:BFST



Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$114.18 million
Cash Flow$1.65 per share
Book Value$22.55 per share


Net Income$23.77 million


Market Cap$337.98 million
Next Earnings Date4/28/2020 (Estimated)
OptionableNot Optionable

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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 declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, January 22nd. Investors of record on Saturday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share on Friday, February 28th. This represents a $0.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.57%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 13th. View Business First Bancshares' Dividend History.

How were Business First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

Business First Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:BFST) released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January, 22nd. The company reported $0.45 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $22.88 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.05 million. Business First Bancshares had a net margin of 20.82% and a return on equity of 8.93%. 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, April 28th 2020. View Earnings Estimates for Business First Bancshares.

What price target have analysts set for BFST?

4 brokers have issued twelve-month price objectives for Business First Bancshares' stock. Their forecasts range from $28.50 to $31.00. On average, they anticipate Business First Bancshares' stock price to reach $29.83 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 17.2% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Business First Bancshares.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Business First Bancshares?

4 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Business First Bancshares in the last year. There are currently 3 buy ratings and 1 strong buy rating 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?

Media stories about BFST stock have been trending very negative this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Business First Bancshares earned a daily sentiment score of -3.4 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned media stories about the company a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the next few days. View News Stories for Business First Bancshares.

Are investors shorting Business First Bancshares?

Business First Bancshares saw a decline in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 31,700 shares, a decline of 53.4% from the January 15th total of 68,000 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 9,900 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.2 days. Currently, 0.3% of the company's shares are short sold. View Business First Bancshares' Current Options Chain.

Who are some of Business First Bancshares' key competitors?

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), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN), JD.Com (JD), Netflix (NFLX), Xilinx (XLNX), AbbVie (ABBV), British American Tobacco (BTI), Chatham Lodging Trust (CLDT), Canadian Natural Resources (CNQ) and Brinker International (EAT).

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 many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include RMB Capital Management LLC (7.40%), EJF Capital LLC (4.29%), Endeavour Capital Advisors Inc. (2.85%), State Street Corp (1.54%), Geode Capital Management LLC (1.22%) and Alliancebernstein L.P. (0.67%). 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 Summit Financial Wealth Advisors LLC, Alliancebernstein L.P., RMB Capital Management LLC, EJF Capital LLC, Endeavour Capital Advisors Inc. and First Trust Advisors LP. 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 Mendon Capital Advisors Corp, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of New York Mellon Corp, California Public Employees Retirement System, UBS Group AG, State Street Corp, Barclays PLC 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, Robinhood, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Business First Bancshares' stock price today?

One share of BFST stock can currently be purchased for approximately $25.45.

How big of a company is Business First Bancshares?

Business First Bancshares has a market capitalization of $337.98 million and generates $114.18 million in revenue each year. The company earns $23.77 million in net income (profit) each year or $1.80 on an earnings per share basis. Business First Bancshares employs 333 workers across the globe.View Additional Information About Business First Bancshares.

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:  2.2 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  97 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  120 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  217
MarketBeat'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.
This page was last updated on 2/23/2020 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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