Brokerages Anticipate Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (GFED) to Announce $0.55 EPS

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

Brokerages have set a 1-year consensus price objective of $28.00 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.55 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 120 out of 257 based on the ratings given to related companies.

GFED has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday. TheStreet raised Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Raymond James increased their target price on Guaranty Federal Bancshares from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 18th.

NASDAQ:GFED traded down $0.15 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $23.65. 252 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,783. The company has a quick ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.49. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 52 week low of $20.41 and a 52 week high of $27.39. The company has a market cap of $105.95 million, a PE ratio of 16.20 and a beta of -0.07.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.54 by $0.34. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a return on equity of 12.08% and a net margin of 12.28%. The company had revenue of $12.19 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.10 million. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.22 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 9th were issued a $0.12 dividend. This represents a $0.48 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.03%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, October 5th. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 32.88%.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Alliancebernstein L.P. increased its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 54.9% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 102,391 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 36,296 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. owned 2.30% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $2,457,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 26.51% 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 banking products and services in the southwestern corner of 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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