BankFinancial (BFIN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

News coverage about BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BankFinancial earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 47.2019827526393 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

BFIN has been the subject of several research analyst reports. BidaskClub raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BankFinancial from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 4th. FIG Partners reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of BankFinancial in a research report on Monday, August 6th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of BankFinancial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. BankFinancial presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $17.88.

BFIN stock traded up $0.15 on Thursday, hitting $16.00. 52,800 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 35,174. BankFinancial has a twelve month low of $14.79 and a twelve month high of $18.62. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a current ratio of 1.06. The firm has a market capitalization of $270.89 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.40, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 0.44.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 30th. The bank reported $0.26 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.25 by $0.01. BankFinancial had a net margin of 19.06% and a return on equity of 7.72%. The firm had revenue of $16.08 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.10 million. equities analysts forecast that BankFinancial will post 0.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, August 24th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 8th will be given a dividend of $0.10 per share. This is a positive change from BankFinancial’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.09. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, August 7th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.50%. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio is 63.49%.

In other news, EVP James J. Brennan sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.00, for a total value of $180,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 35,820 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $644,760. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider William J. Jr. Deutsch sold 3,707 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.77, for a total transaction of $65,873.39. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 16,723 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $297,167.71. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 22,950 shares of company stock valued at $409,210 in the last three months. Company insiders own 15.17% of the company’s stock.

About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation operates as the holding company for BankFinancial, National Association that provides commercial, family, and personal banking products and services in Illinois. The company accepts various deposit products, such as savings, NOW, checking, money market, IRA, and other retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.

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