The First Bancshares Stock Forecast, Price & News

-1.93 (-4.99 %)
(As of 06/18/2021 12:00 AM ET)
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Volume202,658 shs
Average Volume52,494 shs
Market Capitalization$772.03 million
P/E Ratio12.89
Dividend Yield1.45%
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About The First Bancshares

The First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for The First, A National Banking Association 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 or construct new homes, and to refinance existing mortgages; and provides financial and wealth management services. Further, the company offers internet banking services, automated teller machines, voice response telephone inquiry services, commercial sweep accounts, cash management services, safe deposit boxes, merchant, mobile deposit, direct deposit of payroll and social security checks, automatic drafts for various accounts, and credit card services. It primarily serves small to medium-sized businesses, professional concerns, individuals, associations and organizations, and governmental authorities. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated 84 locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. The First Bancshares, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 and is headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


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Overall MarketRank

1.59 out of 5 stars

Finance Sector

612th out of 1,969 stocks

National Commercial Banks Industry

63rd out of 167 stocks

Analyst Opinion: 2.0Community Rank: 2.2Dividend Strength: 1.7Insider Behavior: 0.8Valuation: 1.3 5 -4 -3 -2 -1 -
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The First Bancshares (NASDAQ:FBMS) Frequently Asked Questions

Is The First Bancshares a buy right now?

2 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for The First Bancshares in the last twelve months. There are currently 2 hold ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street analysts is that investors should "hold" The First Bancshares stock. A hold rating indicates that analysts believe investors should maintain any existing positions they have in FBMS, but not buy additional shares or sell existing shares.
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Are investors shorting The First Bancshares?

The First Bancshares saw a drop in short interest in the month of May. As of May 28th, there was short interest totaling 238,300 shares, a drop of 20.2% from the May 13th total of 298,500 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 51,300 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 4.6 days. Currently, 1.2% of the shares of the company are sold short.
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When is The First Bancshares' next earnings date?

The First Bancshares is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Monday, July 26th 2021.
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How were The First Bancshares' earnings last quarter?

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FBMS) issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April, 20th. The bank reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.05. The bank had revenue of $48.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $50.33 million. The First Bancshares had a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 8.42% and a net margin of 26.71%.
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How has The First Bancshares' stock been impacted by COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

The First Bancshares' stock was trading at $25.36 on March 11th, 2020 when COVID-19 (Coronavirus) reached pandemic status according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Since then, FBMS shares have increased by 44.8% and is now trading at $36.73.
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How often does The First Bancshares pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for The First Bancshares?

The First Bancshares announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, April 21st. Stockholders of record on Monday, May 10th will be given a dividend of $0.14 per share on Tuesday, May 25th. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, May 7th. This is a boost from The First Bancshares's previous quarterly dividend of $0.13.
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Is The First Bancshares a good dividend stock?

The First Bancshares pays an annual dividend of $0.56 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 1.45%. The First Bancshares has been increasing its dividend for 2 consecutive year(s), indicating that it does not yet have a strong track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio of The First Bancshares is 25.34%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, The First Bancshares will have a dividend payout ratio of 19.79% next year. This indicates that The First Bancshares will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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What price target have analysts set for FBMS?

2 equities research analysts have issued twelve-month target prices for The First Bancshares' stock. Their forecasts range from $44.50 to $44.50. On average, they expect The First Bancshares' share price to reach $44.50 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 21.2% from the stock's current price.
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Who are The First Bancshares' key executives?

The First Bancshares' management team includes the following people:
  • Mr. Milton Ray Cole Jr., Vice Chairman, Pres & CEO (Age 59, Pay $800.53k)
  • Ms. Donna T. Lowery CPA, CPA, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 54, Pay $383.97k)
  • Mr. Chris Ryals, Exec. VP & COO
  • Dawn Ard, Compliance Officer & Compliance Officer of The First, A National Banking Association
  • Ms. Marsie White, VP of Human Resource
  • Ms. Chandra B. Kidd, VP & Corp. Sec.
  • Ray L. Wesson Jr., Pres of Southern Region - The First, A National Banking Association
  • Mr. Douglas Eric Waldron, Pres 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 & Exec. VP of The First, A National Banking Association

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

4 employees have rated The First Bancshares CEO M. Ray Cole Jr. on M. Ray Cole Jr. has an approval rating of 69% among The First Bancshares' employees.

Who are some of The First Bancshares' key competitors?

What other stocks do shareholders of The First Bancshares own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other The 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), The Southern (SO) and Square (SQ).

What is The First Bancshares' stock symbol?

The First Bancshares trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "FBMS."

Who are The First Bancshares' major shareholders?

The First Bancshares' stock is owned by many different institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD (13.03%), BlackRock Inc. (8.33%), Investment Counselors of Maryland LLC (4.43%), The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (2.54%), Stieven Capital Advisors L.P. (2.38%) and Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (2.13%). Company insiders that own The First Bancshares stock include Andrew D Stetelman, Diana Renee Moore, E Ricky Gibson and M Ray Cole Jr.
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Which major investors are selling The First Bancshares stock?

FBMS stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Northern Trust Corp, Rhumbline Advisers, Pacific Ridge Capital Partners LLC, Morgan Stanley, Monarch Partners Asset Management LLC, Mendon Capital Advisors Corp, Credit Suisse AG, and Arrowstreet Capital Limited Partnership.
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Which major investors are buying The First Bancshares stock?

FBMS stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including BlackRock Inc., Royce & Associates LP, EJF Capital LLC, Victory Capital Management Inc., Stieven Capital Advisors L.P., Investment Counselors of Maryland LLC, Geode Capital Management LLC, and Citadel Advisors LLC. Company insiders that have bought The First Bancshares stock in the last two years include Andrew D Stetelman, Diana Renee Moore, and E Ricky Gibson.
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How do I buy shares of The First Bancshares?

Shares of FBMS 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 The First Bancshares' stock price today?

One share of FBMS stock can currently be purchased for approximately $36.73.

How much money does The First Bancshares make?

The First Bancshares has a market capitalization of $772.03 million and generates $221.22 million in revenue each year. The bank earns $52.51 million in net income (profit) each year or $2.21 on an earnings per share basis.

How many employees does The First Bancshares have?

The First Bancshares employs 744 workers across the globe.

What is The First Bancshares' official website?

The official website for The First Bancshares is

Where are The First Bancshares' headquarters?

The First Bancshares is headquartered at 6480 US HIGHWAY 98 WEST SUITE A, HATTIESBURG MS, 39402.

How can I contact The First Bancshares?

The First Bancshares' mailing address is 6480 US HIGHWAY 98 WEST SUITE A, HATTIESBURG MS, 39402. The bank can be reached via phone at 601-268-8998.

This page was last updated on 6/18/2021 by Staff
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