Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) has earned a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one brokers that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a buy recommendation.

Brokers have set a one year consensus target price of $27.00 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $0.53 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 165 out of 256 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

GFED has been the topic of several research reports. ValuEngine lowered shares of Zosano Pharma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Zai Lab from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 15th.

Shares of NASDAQ GFED traded up $0.09 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $23.44. 462 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,641. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 12-month low of $20.11 and a 12-month high of $27.39. The company has a current ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $23.01. The company has a market capitalization of $104.68 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.75 and a beta of 0.03.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.51 by ($0.04). Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 15.22% and a return on equity of 13.07%. The company had revenue of $9.37 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.10 million. Sell-side analysts predict that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.16 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 18th. Investors of record on Monday, July 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.13 per share. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.22%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, July 5th. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s payout ratio is currently 23.85%.

In other news, Director John F. Griesemer bought 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 9th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $23.44 per share, for a total transaction of $117,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director John F. Griesemer bought 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 29th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $22.92 per share, for a total transaction of $68,760.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have purchased 8,600 shares of company stock worth $200,022 in the last three months. 29.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

An institutional investor recently bought a new position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Context BH Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor acquired 65,162 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,462,000. Context BH Capital Management LP owned 1.45% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares as of its most recent SEC filing. Institutional investors own 27.76% of the company’s stock.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares Company Profile

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides a range of banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in southwest Missouri. The company's deposit products include checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, fixed-term certificates of deposit, and individual retirement accounts, as well as demand deposits and NOW accounts.

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