BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) EVP James J. Brennan sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $16.80, for a total value of $168,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 59,251 shares in the company, valued at $995,416.80. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

BankFinancial stock opened at $16.74 on Thursday. BankFinancial Co. has a twelve month low of $13.43 and a twelve month high of $17.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 1.07 and a quick ratio of 1.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $300.90, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.22, a P/E/G ratio of 2.42 and a beta of 0.46.

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BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last issued its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.03. BankFinancial had a return on equity of 5.76% and a net margin of 14.39%. The company had revenue of $14.94 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.80 million. analysts predict that BankFinancial Co. will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 23rd. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 7th were issued a $0.08 dividend. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.91%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, February 6th. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 64.00%.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on BFIN. Zacks Investment Research upgraded BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. BidaskClub upgraded BankFinancial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $17.25.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of BFIN. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in BankFinancial by 0.4% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,192,688 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $18,295,000 after buying an additional 5,059 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in BankFinancial by 1.5% in the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 679,200 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $10,419,000 after buying an additional 9,900 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in BankFinancial by 32.0% in the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 465,027 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $6,936,000 after buying an additional 112,676 shares during the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC raised its position in BankFinancial by 12.9% in the 4th quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 237,042 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $3,637,000 after buying an additional 27,092 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its position in BankFinancial by 102.4% in the 3rd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 215,426 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $3,450,000 after buying an additional 108,993 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 61.64% of the company’s stock.

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About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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