Analysts expect First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) to report $0.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have issued estimates for First Financial’s earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $0.82 and the lowest is $0.80. First Financial posted earnings per share of $0.73 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 11%. The firm is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 23rd.

On average, analysts expect that First Financial will report full year earnings of $3.74 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.73 to $3.74. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the business will post earnings of $4.07 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.06 to $4.08. Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research firms that follow First Financial.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 1st. The bank reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.91 by ($0.01). The firm had revenue of $37.83 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $37.41 million. First Financial had a return on equity of 10.93% and a net margin of 28.33%.

THFF has been the topic of a number of research reports. ValuEngine raised shares of First Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, February 4th. BidaskClub raised shares of First Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 15th.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its stake in shares of First Financial by 4.5% during the fourth quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 7,085 shares of the bank’s stock worth $285,000 after buying an additional 304 shares during the period. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. lifted its stake in shares of First Financial by 8.0% during the fourth quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 6,722 shares of the bank’s stock worth $270,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the period. Prudential Financial Inc. lifted its stake in shares of First Financial by 0.4% during the fourth quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 141,627 shares of the bank’s stock worth $5,686,000 after buying an additional 554 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans lifted its stake in shares of First Financial by 1.1% during the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 59,068 shares of the bank’s stock worth $2,371,000 after buying an additional 636 shares during the period. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund lifted its stake in shares of First Financial by 5.5% during the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 14,348 shares of the bank’s stock worth $576,000 after buying an additional 748 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 57.27% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ THFF traded down $0.53 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $42.10. The stock had a trading volume of 15,474 shares, compared to its average volume of 46,023. The company has a market cap of $519.40 million, a P/E ratio of 11.17 and a beta of 0.92. First Financial has a one year low of $37.41 and a one year high of $53.05.

First Financial Company Profile

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. It offers non-interest-bearing demand, interest-bearing demand, savings, time, and other time deposits. The company also provides commercial loans primarily to expand a business or finance asset purchases; residential real estate and residential real estate construction loans; and home equity loans and lines, secured loans, and cash/CD secured and unsecured loans.

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