Equities analysts expect First Financial Corp (NASDAQ:THFF) to post $0.90 earnings per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Two analysts have provided estimates for First Financial’s earnings. First Financial posted earnings of $0.72 per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 25%. The business is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 5th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that First Financial will report full-year earnings of $3.80 per share for the current year. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $3.55 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.54 to $3.55. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that that provide coverage for First Financial.

First Financial (NASDAQ:THFF) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 23rd. The bank reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.89 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $37.74 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $37.60 million. First Financial had a net margin of 23.65% and a return on equity of 10.60%.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on THFF shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of First Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, December 1st. ValuEngine downgraded First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised First Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, October 30th.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Vanguard Group Inc raised its position in shares of First Financial by 1.3% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 531,099 shares of the bank’s stock worth $26,661,000 after acquiring an additional 6,795 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in First Financial by 1.3% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 531,099 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $26,661,000 after buying an additional 6,795 shares in the last quarter. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. increased its position in First Financial by 46.0% in the 3rd quarter. Koshinski Asset Management Inc. now owns 14,345 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $720,000 after buying an additional 4,522 shares in the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in First Financial by 52.8% in the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 7,952 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $399,000 after buying an additional 2,749 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Walthausen & Co. LLC bought a new stake in First Financial in the 3rd quarter valued at about $7,769,000. 55.60% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NASDAQ:THFF traded up $0.23 on Friday, reaching $42.80. The stock had a trading volume of 14,301 shares, compared to its average volume of 13,354. The firm has a market cap of $524.51 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.76 and a beta of 0.92. The company has a current ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08. First Financial has a 12-month low of $40.75 and a 12-month high of $53.05.

The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, January 8th will be issued a dividend of $0.51 per share. This represents a yield of 2.21%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, January 7th. First Financial’s payout ratio is presently 35.17%.

About First Financial

First Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various financial services. The company offers commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending; lease financing; trust account; depositor; and insurance services. Its deposit products include interest-bearing and non-interest-bearing demand deposits, savings deposits, time deposits, and other time deposits; and loan products comprise commercial real estate loans, commercial loans, consumer loans, and residential real estate and construction loans.

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