Analysts Set $17.75 Target Price for BankFinancial Co. (BFIN)

BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) has been given an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company.

Analysts have set a 1 year consensus price target of $17.75 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.19 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned BankFinancial an industry rank of 22 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of research firms have commented on BFIN. BidaskClub upgraded shares of BankFinancial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of BankFinancial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 7th.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in BFIN. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in BankFinancial by 5.4% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 107,123 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,598,000 after buying an additional 5,527 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its holdings in BankFinancial by 39.7% during the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 106,433 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,589,000 after buying an additional 30,265 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. grew its holdings in BankFinancial by 31.4% during the 2nd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 28,905 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $431,000 after buying an additional 6,905 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in BankFinancial by 1.7% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 455,790 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $6,800,000 after buying an additional 7,550 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC grew its holdings in BankFinancial by 35.8% during the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 20,884 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $312,000 after buying an additional 5,503 shares in the last quarter. 64.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) traded up $0.06 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $15.79. 28,600 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 24,574. BankFinancial has a 12 month low of $13.43 and a 12 month high of $17.00. The company has a market cap of $282.49, a PE ratio of 24.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.27 and a beta of 0.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a current ratio of 1.06.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last released its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.03. BankFinancial had a net margin of 14.39% and a return on equity of 5.73%. The company had revenue of $14.94 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $14.80 million. sell-side analysts predict that BankFinancial will post 0.87 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.03%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, February 6th. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 64.00%.

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BankFinancial Company Profile

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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