Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) Share Price
News headlines about WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. WashingtonFirst Bankshares earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.8068501490629 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- Fed approves Sandy Spring Bancorp merger with WashingtonFirst Bankshares (in.reuters.com)
- WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. :WFBI-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : November 22, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. : WFBI-US: Dividend Analysis : November 20th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : November 20, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) Expected to Announce Earnings of $0.44 Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares (WFBI) opened at $33.71 on Friday. WashingtonFirst Bankshares has a 12-month low of $26.22 and a 12-month high of $37.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 0.98. The stock has a market cap of $422.43, a P/E ratio of 22.03 and a beta of 0.17.
WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.41. WashingtonFirst Bankshares had a net margin of 19.00% and a return on equity of 18.37%. The company had revenue of $23.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $24.98 million. sell-side analysts expect that WashingtonFirst Bankshares will post 1.57 EPS for the current year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 24th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 20th will be given a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.83%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, November 17th. WashingtonFirst Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 13.91%.
Separately, BidaskClub raised shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd.
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In other news, CFO Matthew R. Johnson sold 2,503 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.50, for a total value of $83,850.50. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 67,055 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,246,342.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 20.70% of the company’s stock.
About WashingtonFirst Bankshares
WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company, through its subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Bank (the Bank), operates banking offices throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The Company’s segments include Commercial Bank, Mortgage Bank, Wealth Management and Other. In addition, the Company provides wealth management services through its subsidiary, 1st Portfolio, Inc (Wealth Advisors), located in Fairfax, Virginia, and mortgage banking services through the Bank’s subsidiary, WashingtonFirst Mortgage Corporation, which operates in two locations: Fairfax, Virginia and Rockville, Maryland.
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