Zacks: WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (WFBI) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts
WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc (NASDAQ:WFBI) has earned an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation.
Zacks has also given WashingtonFirst Bankshares an industry rank of 164 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.
Separately, BidaskClub upgraded shares of WashingtonFirst Bankshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th.
WashingtonFirst Bankshares (NASDAQ:WFBI) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The bank reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates 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 the consensus estimate of $24.98 million. equities research analysts anticipate that WashingtonFirst Bankshares will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 24th. Investors of record on Monday, November 20th were given a $0.07 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 17th. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.82%. WashingtonFirst Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio is 13.91%.
In related news, CEO Shaza L. Andersen sold 12,314 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.37, for a total value of $423,232.18. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 98,577 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,388,091.49. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director James P. Muldoon sold 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.76, for a total transaction of $86,900.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 20,973 shares of company stock worth $721,026 over the last quarter. 20.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WFBI. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $9,477,000. Context BH Capital Management LP raised its holdings in WashingtonFirst Bankshares by 925.9% during the 2nd quarter. Context BH Capital Management LP now owns 236,640 shares of the bank’s stock worth $8,171,000 after buying an additional 213,574 shares during the period. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its holdings in WashingtonFirst Bankshares by 1,194.6% during the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 91,814 shares of the bank’s stock worth $3,170,000 after buying an additional 84,722 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in WashingtonFirst Bankshares by 18.1% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 372,580 shares of the bank’s stock worth $12,865,000 after buying an additional 57,035 shares during the period. Finally, OMERS ADMINISTRATION Corp acquired a new stake in WashingtonFirst Bankshares during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $1,554,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 55.94% of the company’s stock.
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WashingtonFirst Bankshares Company Profile
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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