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How to buy Business First Bancshares stock

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Business First Bancshares Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. Business First Bancshares shares (BFST) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Business First Bancshares employs 648 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $185.4 million.

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Business First Bancshares stock price (NASDAQ: BFST)

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Business First Bancshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-10-04.
Latest market close$22.02
52-week range$20.09 - $29.07
50-day moving average $23.19
200-day moving average $24.08
Wall St. target price$29.75
PE ratio 10.338
Dividend yield $0.48 (2.18%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.13

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Business First Bancshares price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $22.02 from 2022-10-03

1 week (2022-09-28) 22.02
1 month (2022-09-02) -4.22%
3 months (2022-07-05) 0.41%
6 months (2022-04-05) -6.26%
1 year (2021-10-05) -8.40%
2 years (2020-10-05) 39.99%
3 years (2019-10-04) 24.29
5 years (2017-10-01) N/A

Is Business First Bancshares stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Business First Bancshares stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Business First Bancshares's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Business First Bancshares's P/E ratio

Business First Bancshares's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, Business First Bancshares shares trade at around 10x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Business First Bancshares financials

Revenue TTM $185.4 million
Operating margin TTM 31.57%
Gross profit TTM $181.6 million
Return on assets TTM 0.91%
Return on equity TTM 10.24%
Profit margin 24.21%
Book value $19.73
Market capitalisation $486.1 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Business First Bancshares share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 21.62% of net profits

Recently Business First Bancshares has paid out, on average, around 21.62% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.18% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Business First Bancshares shareholders could enjoy a 2.18% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Business First Bancshares's case, that would currently equate to about $0.48 per share.

While Business First Bancshares's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Business First Bancshares is investing more in its future growth.

Business First Bancshares's most recent dividend payout was on 31 August 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 12 August 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").

Business First Bancshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Business First Bancshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $20.0904 up to $29.0656. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BFST.US volatility(beta: 0.83)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Business First Bancshares's is 0.8339. This would suggest that Business First Bancshares's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Business First Bancshares overview

Business First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for b1BANK that provides various banking products and services. It offers various deposit products and services, including checking, demand, money market, time, and savings accounts; and certificates of deposits, remote deposit capture, and direct deposit services. The company also provides commercial and industrial loans, such as commercial lines of credit, letters of credit, working capital, term, equipment financing, asset acquisition, expansion and development, borrowing base, and other loan products; construction and development loans; commercial real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising first and second lien 1-4 family mortgage loans, and home equity lines of credit; and consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment and term loans. In addition, it offers wealth management products, including mutual funds, annuities, individual retirement accounts, and other financial products, as well as other fiduciary services and private banking products and services. Further, the company provides a range of other financial services comprising debit and credit cards, treasury and cash management, merchant, automated clearing house, lock-box, receivables factoring, correspondent banking, and other treasury services, as well as employee and payroll benefits solutions; and drive-through banking facilities, automated teller machines, night depository, personalized checks, electronic funds transfer, domestic and foreign wire transfer, traveler's checks, vault, loan and deposit sweep accounts, online and mobile banking, e-statements, and bank-by-mail services. As of March 01, 2022, it operates approximately 48 full-service banking centers and three loan production offices across Louisiana, and in the Dallas and Houston markets.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Business First Bancshares is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 6.832% of Business First Bancshares shares are held by insiders and 34.193% by institutions.
How many people work for Business First Bancshares?
Latest data suggests 648 work at Business First Bancshares.
When does the fiscal year end for Business First Bancshares?
Business First Bancshares's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Business First Bancshares based?
Business First Bancshares's address is: 500 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA, United States, 70801
What is Business First Bancshares's ISIN number?
Business First Bancshares's international securities identification number is: US12326C1053
What is Business First Bancshares's CUSIP number?
Business First Bancshares's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 12326C105

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