First Defiance Financial Corp. (FDEF) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.27

News coverage about First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) has been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring 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 closest to one being the most favorable. First Defiance Financial Corp. earned a daily sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the savings and loans company an impact score of 47.7629745290914 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the stock. reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $54.00 price target on shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. in a report on Thursday, October 19th. upgraded shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $61.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. upgraded shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. downgraded shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, upgraded shares of First Defiance Financial Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $57.67.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ FDEF) opened at $53.23 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $530.13, a PE ratio of 15.54 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 1.01 and a quick ratio of 1.00. First Defiance Financial Corp. has a 1 year low of $42.61 and a 1 year high of $56.91.

First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.92 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.05. First Defiance Financial Corp. had a net margin of 21.47% and a return on equity of 9.51%. The company had revenue of $34.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $34.85 million. sell-side analysts expect that First Defiance Financial Corp. will post 3.45 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 10th will be paid a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 9th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.88%. First Defiance Financial Corp.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 32.36%.

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First Defiance Financial Corp. Company Profile

First Defiance Financial Corp. is a unitary thrift holding company that focuses on traditional banking and property and casualty, life and group health insurance products. The Company operates through its subsidiaries, First Federal Bank of the Midwest (First Federal or the Bank), First Insurance Group of the Midwest, Inc (First Insurance) and First Defiance Risk Management Inc (First Defiance Risk Management).

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