Business First Bancshares Stock Forecast, Price & News

+0.25 (+1.08 %)
(As of 06/11/2021 12:00 AM ET)
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Volume21,620 shs
Average Volume32,845 shs
Market Capitalization$485.52 million
P/E Ratio12.76
Dividend Yield2.08%
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About Business First Bancshares

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 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 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. Further, the company provides a range of other financial services comprising drive-through banking facilities, automated teller machines, debit and credit cards, 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, receivables factoring, correspondent banking, online and mobile banking, e-statements, and bank-by-mail services. The company operates approximately 42 full-service banking centers located in the State of Louisiana and in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Business First Bancshares, Inc. was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


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Industry, Sector and Symbol

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Overall MarketRank

1.80 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

374th out of 1,978 stocks

State Commercial Banks Industry

62nd out of 312 stocks

Analyst Opinion: 2.5Community Rank: 2.1Dividend Strength: 2.5Insider Behavior: 0.0Valuation: 1.9 5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -
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Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) Frequently Asked Questions

Is Business First Bancshares a buy right now?

1 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Business First Bancshares in the last twelve months. There are currently 1 buy rating for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "buy" Business First Bancshares stock.
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When is Business First Bancshares' next earnings date?

Business First Bancshares is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, August 4th 2021.
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How were Business First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April, 21st. The company reported $0.61 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.58 by $0.03. The firm earned $45.39 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $44.27 million. Business First Bancshares had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 11.20% and a net margin of 19.72%.
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How has Business First Bancshares' stock price been impacted by COVID-19?

Business First Bancshares' stock was trading at $17.47 on March 11th, 2020 when COVID-19 reached pandemic status according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, BFST shares have increased by 33.7% and is now trading at $23.35.
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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 Friday, April 23rd. Investors of record on Saturday, May 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.12 per share on Monday, May 31st. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 13th. This is an increase from Business First Bancshares's previous quarterly dividend of $0.10.
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Is Business First Bancshares a good dividend stock?

Business First Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.48 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 2.08%. Business First Bancshares does not yet have a strong track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio of Business First Bancshares is 23.41%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, Business First Bancshares will have a dividend payout ratio of 22.43% next year. This indicates that Business First Bancshares will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What guidance has Business First Bancshares issued on next quarter's earnings?

Business First Bancshares issued an update on its first quarter earnings guidance on Thursday, April, 22nd. The company provided EPS guidance of $0.61 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.58. The company issued revenue guidance of $44.26, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $44.92 million.

What price target have analysts set for BFST?

1 analysts have issued twelve-month price targets for Business First Bancshares' stock. Their forecasts range from $27.50 to $27.50. On average, they anticipate Business First Bancshares' stock price to reach $27.50 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 17.8% from the stock's current price.
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Who are Business First Bancshares' key executives?

Business First Bancshares' management team includes the following people:
  • Mr. David R. Melville III, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 46, Pay $1.17M)
  • Mr. Gregory Robertson, Exec. VP, CFO & Treasurer (Age 49, Pay $503.77k)
  • Ms. Heather Gatte Roemer, Sr. VP & Corp. Sec.
  • Rodney Poncho Seaford, Regional Pres of SWLA

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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 retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (5.54%), The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (2.52%), Banc Funds Co. LLC (1.66%), Geode Capital Management LLC (1.43%), Endeavour Capital Advisors Inc. (0.99%) and Northern Trust Corp (0.93%). Company insiders that own Business First Bancshares stock include Alicia Robertson, Andrew D Mclindon, Donald A Hingle II, James J Buquet III, John P Ducrest, Rick D Day, Robert S Jr Greer, Steven Gerard White and Warren Mcdonald.
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Which institutional investors are selling Business First Bancshares stock?

BFST stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Banc Funds Co. LLC, Endeavour Capital Advisors Inc., Northern Trust Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Rodgers Brothers Inc., Citigroup Inc., tru Independence LLC, and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. Company insiders that have sold Business First Bancshares company stock in the last year include Alicia Robertson, Donald A Hingle II, James J Buquet III, Steven Gerard White, and Warren Mcdonald.
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Which institutional 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, BlackRock Inc., Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, HRT Financial LP, Geode Capital Management LLC, Citadel Advisors LLC, Martingale Asset Management L P, and Russell Investments Group Ltd.. Company insiders that have bought Business First Bancshares stock in the last two years include Alicia Robertson, Andrew D Mclindon, John P Ducrest, Rick D Day, Robert S Jr Greer, and Steven Gerard White.
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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 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 $23.35.

How much money does Business First Bancshares make?

Business First Bancshares has a market capitalization of $485.52 million and generates $171.32 million in revenue each year. The company earns $29.99 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.05 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does Business First Bancshares have?

Business First Bancshares employs 590 workers across the globe.

What is Business First Bancshares' official website?

The official website for Business First Bancshares is

Where are Business First Bancshares' headquarters?

Business First Bancshares is headquartered at 500 LAUREL STREET SUITE 101, BATON ROUGE LA, 70801.

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.

This page was last updated on 6/12/2021 by Staff
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