Meta Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CASH) CAO Sonja Anne Theisen sold 777 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.71, for a total transaction of $20,753.67. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 13,762 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $367,583.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

Shares of CASH stock traded down $0.29 on Thursday, reaching $26.71. The company had a trading volume of 61,688 shares, compared to its average volume of 364,191. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.51 and a beta of 1.40. The company has a current ratio of 0.71, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.12. Meta Financial Group Inc. has a one year low of $17.84 and a one year high of $38.87.

Meta Financial Group (NASDAQ:CASH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 25th. The savings and loans company reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.83 by $0.15. The business had revenue of $176.38 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $173.63 million. Meta Financial Group had a net margin of 13.76% and a return on equity of 10.46%. As a group, equities analysts predict that Meta Financial Group Inc. will post 2.5 EPS for the current fiscal year.

CASH has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. B. Riley upgraded shares of Meta Financial Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $25.00 to $33.00 in a research report on Friday, April 26th. BidaskClub cut shares of Meta Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Meta Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, April 12th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $36.67.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in Meta Financial Group by 200.0% in the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,139 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $41,000 after buying an additional 1,426 shares during the last quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Meta Financial Group by 314.3% in the 4th quarter. Flinton Capital Management LLC now owns 3,712 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $72,000 after buying an additional 2,816 shares during the last quarter. Quantamental Technologies LLC bought a new stake in Meta Financial Group in the 4th quarter worth approximately $84,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA lifted its position in Meta Financial Group by 96,733.3% in the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 5,810 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $114,000 after buying an additional 5,804 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its position in Meta Financial Group by 646.9% in the 4th quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 6,588 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $127,000 after buying an additional 5,706 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 64.43% of the company’s stock.

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Meta Financial Group Company Profile

Meta Financial Group, Inc operates as the holding company for MetaBank that offers various banking products and services in the United States. The company accepts various deposit products, including statement savings accounts, money market savings accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, and checking accounts; and deposits related to prepaid cards, which primarily comprise checking accounts and certificate accounts.

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