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First Bancshares (FBMS) Stock Price, News & Analysis

-0.04 (-0.17%)
(As of 06/18/2024 ET)
Today's Range
50-Day Range
52-Week Range
78,338 shs
Average Volume
156,232 shs
Market Capitalization
$751.47 million
P/E Ratio
Dividend Yield
Price Target

First Bancshares MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.50 Rating Score
28.8% Upside
$31.00 Price Target
Short Interest
0.65% of Shares Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Based on Four Factors
News Sentiment
0.92mentions of First Bancshares in the last 14 days
Based on 4 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
Proj. Earnings Growth
From $2.45 to $2.63 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.

4.56 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

122nd out of 872 stocks

National Commercial Banks Industry

25th out of 84 stocks

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About First Bancshares Stock (NASDAQ:FBMS)

The First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for The First Bank that provides general commercial and retail banking services. The company operates through three segments: Commercial/Retail Bank, Mortgage Banking Division, and Holding Company. It offers deposit services, including checking, NOW, and savings accounts; other time deposits, such as daily money market accounts and longer-term certificates of deposit; and individual retirement and health savings accounts. The company also provides commercial loans comprising secured and unsecured loans for working capital, business expansion, and purchase of equipment and machinery; consumer loans consisting of equity lines of credit, as well as secured and unsecured loans for financing automobiles, home improvements, education, and personal investments; and real estate construction and acquisition loans. In addition, it originates loans to purchase existing residential homes, construct new homes, and to refinance existing mortgages; and provides financial and wealth management services. Further, the company offers online internet banking services, automated teller machines, voice response telephone inquiry services, commercial sweep accounts, cash management services, safe deposit boxes, merchant services, mobile deposit, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, automatic drafts for various accounts, and credit card services. It serves small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns, individuals, associations, organizations, and governmental authorities. The company operates full-service banking and financial service offices, motor bank facility, and loan production offices in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana. The First Bancshares, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

FBMS Stock Price History

FBMS Stock News Headlines

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Company Calendar

Last Earnings
Ex-Dividend for 5/23 Dividend
Dividend Payable
Next Earnings (Estimated)
Fiscal Year End

Industry, Sector and Symbol

National commercial banks
Current Symbol
Year Founded

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
High Stock Price Target
Low Stock Price Target
Potential Upside/Downside
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
Research Coverage
4 Analysts


Net Income
$75.46 million
Pretax Margin


Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$387.64 million
Cash Flow
$3.39 per share
Book Value
$30.52 per share


Free Float
Market Cap
$751.47 million
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Key Executives

  • Mr. Milton Ray Cole Jr. (Age 62)
    Chairman, President & CEO
    Comp: $959.17k
  • Ms. Donna T. Lowery CPA (Age 57)
    Executive VP & CFO
    Comp: $464.12k
  • Dawn Ard
    Compliance Officer & Compliance Officer of The First, A National Banking Association
  • Ms. Marsie White
    Vice President of Human Resource
  • Mr. George Lee Noonan
    Executive VP & Chief Credit Officer
  • Ms. Chandra B. Kidd
    VP & Corporate Secretary
  • Ray L. Wesson Jr.
    President of Southern Region - The First, A National Banking Association
  • Mr. Douglas Eric Waldron
    President of Northern Region - The First, A National Banking Association
  • Ms. Carol M. Daniel
    Credit Administrator of The First, A National Banking Association
  • Hayden Mitchell
    Chief Retail Banking Officer & Executive VP of The First, A National Banking Association

FBMS Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell First Bancshares stock right now?

4 Wall Street equities research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for First Bancshares in the last twelve months. There are currently 2 hold ratings and 2 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street equities research analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" FBMS shares.
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What is First Bancshares' stock price target for 2024?

4 Wall Street analysts have issued 1 year target prices for First Bancshares' stock. Their FBMS share price targets range from $28.00 to $34.00. On average, they predict the company's stock price to reach $31.00 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 28.8% from the stock's current price.
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How have FBMS shares performed in 2024?

First Bancshares' stock was trading at $29.33 at the beginning of the year. Since then, FBMS stock has decreased by 17.9% and is now trading at $24.07.
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Are investors shorting First Bancshares?

First Bancshares saw a decrease in short interest during the month of May. As of May 31st, there was short interest totaling 203,700 shares, a decrease of 39.6% from the May 15th total of 337,500 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 174,700 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.2 days.
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When is First Bancshares' next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Wednesday, July 24th 2024.
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How were First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBMS) released its earnings results on Monday, April, 29th. The bank reported $0.65 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts' consensus estimates of $0.60 by $0.05. The bank had revenue of $104.34 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $69.30 million. First Bancshares had a net margin of 20.00% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 9.73%. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.86 EPS.

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

First Bancshares announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 24th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, May 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share on Thursday, May 23rd. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.15%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, May 6th.
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Is First Bancshares a good dividend stock?

First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) pays an annual dividend of $1.00 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 4.20%. FBMS has a dividend yield higher than 75% of all dividend-paying stocks, making it a leading dividend payer. The dividend payout ratio is 39.68%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, FBMS will have a dividend payout ratio of 38.02% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
Read our dividend analysis for FBMS.

What is M. Ray Cole Jr.'s approval rating as First Bancshares' CEO?

5 employees have rated First Bancshares Chief Executive Officer M. Ray Cole Jr. on M. Ray Cole Jr. has an approval rating of 69% among the company's employees. 30.0% of employees surveyed would recommend working at First Bancshares to a friend.

What other stocks do shareholders of First Bancshares own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other First Bancshares investors own include Zynga (ZNGA), Shopify (SHOP), Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSM), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), bluebird bio (BLUE), Delta Air Lines (DAL), NVIDIA (NVDA), Roku (ROKU), Southern (SO) and Block (SQ).

Who are First Bancshares' major shareholders?

First Bancshares' stock is owned by a variety of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Vanguard Group Inc. (5.21%), Kennedy Capital Management LLC (0.49%), Algebris UK Ltd (0.46%), Algebris UK Ltd (0.46%), EJF Capital LLC (0.42%) and Empowered Funds LLC (0.26%). Insiders that own company stock include Diana Renee Moore and Ted E Parker.
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How do I buy shares of First Bancshares?

Shares of FBMS 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:FBMS) was last updated on 6/18/2024 by Staff

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