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First Bank is a banks—regional business based in the US. First Bank shares (FRBA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. First Bank employs 209 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$60.1 million.

How to buy shares in First Bank

  1. Compare share trading platforms. If you're a beginner, look for a platform with low commissions, expert ratings and investment tools to track your portfolio. Narrow down top brands with our comparison table.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for First Bank. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FRBA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until First Bank reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of USD$6.94, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of First Bank, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of First Bank. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

How has coronavirus impacted First Bank's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, First Bank's share price has had significant negative movement.

Its last market close was USD$6.94, which is 35.38% down on its pre-crash value of USD$10.74 and 15.47% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as USD$6.01.

If you had bought USD$1,000 worth of First Bank shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth USD$645.98 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth USD$643.20.

First Bank share price

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First Bank shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-10-21.
Latest market closeUSD$6.94
52-week rangeUSD$6.01 - USD$11.56
50-day moving average USD$6.6971
200-day moving average USD$6.8724
Wall St. target priceUSD$8.75
PE ratio 10.3284
Dividend yield USD$0.12 (1.73%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.672

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Is it a good time to buy First Bank stock?

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First Bank price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $6.94 from 2020-10-19

1 week (2020-10-16) 0.29%
1 month (2020-09-25) 11.94%
3 months (2020-07-24) 6.77%
6 months (2020-04-24) -0.86%
1 year (2019-10-25) -35.56%
2 years (2018-10-25) -41.92%
3 years (2017-10-25) -45.99%
5 years (2015-10-23) 10.16%

Is First Bank under- or over-valued?

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

First Bank's P/E ratio

First Bank'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, First Bank 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.

First Bank financials

Revenue TTM USD$60.1 million
Operating margin TTM 38.97%
Gross profit TTM USD$58.4 million
Return on assets TTM 0.66%
Return on equity TTM 6.39%
Profit margin 22.79%
Book value $11.536
Market capitalisation USD$138.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting First Bank shares

There are currently 141,562 First Bank shares held short by investors – that's known as First Bank's "short interest". This figure is 16.4% down from 169,303 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting First Bank shares can be evaluated.

First Bank's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

First Bank's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of First Bank shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of First Bank shares traded daily (recently around 28255.888223553). First Bank's SIR currently stands at 5.01. In other words for every 100,000 First Bank shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5010 shares are currently held short.

However First Bank's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of First Bank shares, or, against the total number of tradable First Bank shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case First Bank's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 First Bank shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.008% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable First Bank shares, roughly 8 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against First Bank.

Find out more about how you can short First Bank stock.

First Bank share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 15.58% of net profits

Recently First Bank has paid out, on average, around 15.58% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.73% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), First Bank shareholders could enjoy a 1.73% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In First Bank's case, that would currently equate to about $0.12 per share.

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

First Bank's most recent dividend payout was on 21 August 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

First Bank share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, First Bank's shares have ranged in value from as little as $6.01 up to $11.56. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

FRBA.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 First Bank's is 0.834. This would suggest that First Bank's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

First Bank overview

First Bank provides various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities. The company accepts various deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as commercial checking accounts. Its loan products include commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans, such as owner-occupied, investor, construction and development, and multi-family loans; residential real estate loans comprising residential mortgages, first and second lien home equity loans, and revolving lines of credit; and consumer loans, which consist of auto, personal, and traditional installment loans, as well as other loans. The company also provides electronic banking services, including Internet and mobile banking, electronic bill payment, and banking by phone, as well as ATM and debit cards, and wire and ACH transfer services; and remote deposit capture and cash management services. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 18 full-service branches in Mercer County, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, and Somerset Counties in New Jersey, as well as in Bucks and Chester Counties in Pennsylvania. First Bank was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Hamilton, New Jersey.

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