Sandler O’Neill restated their hold rating on shares of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) in a report issued on Thursday morning. They currently have a $45.00 price objective on the bank’s stock.

CATY has been the topic of several other reports. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on shares of Cathay General Bancorp from $44.00 to $45.00 and gave the company an outperform rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Cathay General Bancorp from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $47.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Monday, October 30th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a hold rating and issued a $44.00 price objective on shares of Cathay General Bancorp in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a buy rating and issued a $43.00 price objective on shares of Cathay General Bancorp in a report on Friday, October 6th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $43.50.

Shares of Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ CATY) traded up $0.45 on Thursday, reaching $42.57. 237,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 394,375. The stock has a market cap of $3,440.51, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.30, a P/E/G ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.35. Cathay General Bancorp has a 12-month low of $34.00 and a 12-month high of $45.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.37, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 1.05.

Cathay General Bancorp (NASDAQ:CATY) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The bank reported $0.61 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $146.20 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $135.27 million. Cathay General Bancorp had a net margin of 33.87% and a return on equity of 10.60%. Cathay General Bancorp’s revenue was up 29.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.58 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Cathay General Bancorp will post 2.49 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 1st were paid a dividend of $0.24 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 30th. This is a positive change from Cathay General Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.21. This represents a $0.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.26%. Cathay General Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is 39.02%.

In other Cathay General Bancorp news, insider Dunson K. Cheng sold 50,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.45, for a total transaction of $2,122,500.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 119,591 shares in the company, valued at $5,076,637.95. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, COO Irwin Wong sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.10, for a total transaction of $431,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 66,059 shares of company stock worth $2,807,978 over the last quarter. Insiders own 5.76% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of CATY. Balyasny Asset Management LLC grew its position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp by 4,688.9% during the second quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC now owns 732,706 shares of the bank’s stock worth $27,806,000 after buying an additional 717,406 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp by 7.0% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,511,095 shares of the bank’s stock worth $322,995,000 after buying an additional 554,856 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp during the third quarter worth about $17,058,000. Koch Industries Inc. grew its position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp by 6,239.0% during the second quarter. Koch Industries Inc. now owns 412,986 shares of the bank’s stock worth $402,000 after buying an additional 406,471 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its position in shares of Cathay General Bancorp by 11.9% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 2,450,360 shares of the bank’s stock worth $92,992,000 after buying an additional 261,148 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 67.47% of the company’s stock.

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Cathay General Bancorp Company Profile

Cathay General Bancorp is a bank holding company. The Company holds Cathay Bank, a California state-chartered commercial bank (the Bank); seven limited partnerships investing in affordable housing investments; GBC Venture Capital, Inc, and Asia Realty Corp. The Company also owns the common stock of five statutory business trusts created for issuing capital securities.

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