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

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 research analyst has rated the stock with a buy recommendation.

Brokers have set a one year consensus price objective of $27.00 for the company and are predicting 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 104 out of 256 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, May 6th. ValuEngine downgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, April 1st.

In related news, Director John F. Griesemer bought 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 9th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $23.44 per share, with a total value of $117,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director John F. Griesemer bought 3,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 29th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $22.92 per share, for a total transaction of $68,760.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders purchased 8,600 shares of company stock worth $200,022. 29.50% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 2.6% in the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 140,841 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 3,590 shares during the quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 3.16% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $3,076,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. Institutional investors own 27.76% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock remained flat at $$23.25 during trading on Friday. The stock had a trading volume of 1,603 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,442. The stock has a market cap of $104.23 million, a P/E ratio of 10.67 and a beta of 0.01. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $22.86. 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.

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

The business also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, July 18th. Investors of record on Monday, July 8th will be given a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, July 5th. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio is currently 23.85%.

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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