Media headlines about First Guaranty Bancshares (NASDAQ:FGBI) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. First Guaranty Bancshares earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the bank an impact score of 45.0535063467243 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of First Guaranty Bancshares (NASDAQ:FGBI) traded down $0.72 on Thursday, hitting $28.33. The stock had a trading volume of 16,700 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,375. First Guaranty Bancshares has a one year low of $21.52 and a one year high of $29.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a quick ratio of 0.75 and a current ratio of 0.75. The company has a market cap of $255.87, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.85 and a beta of 0.66.

First Guaranty Bancshares (NASDAQ:FGBI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 30th. The bank reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.39 by ($0.01). First Guaranty Bancshares had a net margin of 17.30% and a return on equity of 9.29%.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, December 19th will be paid a $0.16 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, December 18th. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.26%. First Guaranty Bancshares’s payout ratio is 39.63%.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on FGBI shares. BidaskClub raised First Guaranty Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday. ValuEngine lowered First Guaranty Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Sandler O’Neill set a $29.00 price target on First Guaranty Bancshares and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 30th.

In other news, Director William K. Hood acquired 18,987 shares of First Guaranty Bancshares stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 7th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $29.00 per share, for a total transaction of $550,623.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director William K. Hood acquired 3,285 shares of First Guaranty Bancshares stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were purchased at an average price of $27.00 per share, for a total transaction of $88,695.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 42.70% of the company’s stock.

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First Guaranty Bancshares Company Profile

First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company operates through its owned subsidiary, First Guaranty Bank (the Bank). The Bank offers personalized commercial banking services to Louisiana customers, through approximately 20 banking facilities located in the Market Services Areas (MSAs).

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