Shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) have been assigned an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a buy recommendation.

Brokers have set a twelve-month consensus target price of $25.00 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.38 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 15 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

GFED has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Raymond James Financial restated a “buy” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (GFED) opened at $23.00 on Wednesday. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 12 month low of $15.89 and a 12 month high of $23.71. The company has a quick ratio of 1.07, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.32. The stock has a market cap of $100.15, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.31 and a beta of 0.52.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.38 by $0.01. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 18.63% and a return on equity of 8.65%. The business had revenue of $7.62 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $7.36 million. equities analysts anticipate that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 1.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, January 13th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 3rd will be given a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.09%. This is a positive change from Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 2nd. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 34.04%.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. ZPR Investment Management grew its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 1.2% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 15,678 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 188 shares during the period. ZPR Investment Management owned about 0.36% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $332,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. 25.81% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Guaranty Federal Bancshares

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc is the savings and loan holding company for Guaranty Federal Savings Bank (the Bank). The Company operates through banking operation segment. The banking segment is engaged in the business of originating mortgage loans secured by one- to four-family residences, multi-family, construction, commercial and consumer loans.

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