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How to buy First Guaranty Bancshares stock

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First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. First Guaranty Bancshares shares (FGBI) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars.

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  3. Search for First Guaranty Bancshares. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: FGBI. 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 Guaranty Bancshares 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. 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 Guaranty Bancshares, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of First Guaranty Bancshares. 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.

First Guaranty Bancshares share price

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First Guaranty Bancshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$10.8354 - USD$18.7445
50-day moving average USD$16.7188
200-day moving average USD$15.3679
Wall St. target priceUSD$20.5
PE ratio 8.1496
Dividend yield USD$0.64 (3.77%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$2.086

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Is First Guaranty Bancshares under- or over-valued?

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

First Guaranty Bancshares's P/E ratio

First Guaranty 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 8x. In other words, First Guaranty Bancshares shares trade at around 8x 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 Guaranty Bancshares financials

Revenue TTM USD$83.6 million
Operating margin TTM 30.56%
Gross profit TTM USD$83.6 million
Return on assets TTM 0.89%
Return on equity TTM 11.79%
Profit margin 24.31%
Book value $18.333
Market capitalisation USD$165.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting First Guaranty Bancshares shares

There are currently 54,314 First Guaranty Bancshares shares held short by investors – that's known as First Guaranty Bancshares's "short interest". This figure is 0.1% up from 54,258 last month.

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

First Guaranty Bancshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

First Guaranty Bancshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of First Guaranty Bancshares shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of First Guaranty Bancshares shares traded daily (recently around 10505.609284333). First Guaranty Bancshares's SIR currently stands at 5.17. In other words for every 100,000 First Guaranty Bancshares shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5170 shares are currently held short.

However First Guaranty Bancshares's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of First Guaranty Bancshares shares, or, against the total number of tradable First Guaranty Bancshares shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case First Guaranty Bancshares's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 First Guaranty Bancshares shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0131% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable First Guaranty Bancshares shares, roughly 13 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 Guaranty Bancshares.

Find out more about how you can short First Guaranty Bancshares stock.

First Guaranty Bancshares share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 68.85% of net profits

Recently First Guaranty Bancshares has paid out, on average, around 68.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 3.77% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), First Guaranty Bancshares shareholders could enjoy a 3.77% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In First Guaranty Bancshares's case, that would currently equate to about $0.64 per share.

First Guaranty Bancshares's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.

First Guaranty Bancshares's most recent dividend payout was on 31 December 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 23 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have First Guaranty Bancshares's shares ever split?

First Guaranty Bancshares's shares were split on a 11:10 basis on 6 December 2019. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 11 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your First Guaranty Bancshares shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for First Guaranty Bancshares shares which in turn could have impacted First Guaranty Bancshares's share price.

First Guaranty Bancshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, First Guaranty Bancshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $10.8354 up to $18.7445. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while First Guaranty Bancshares's is 0.4723. This would suggest that First Guaranty Bancshares's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

First Guaranty Bancshares overview

First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. operates as the holding company for First Guaranty Bank that provides commercial banking services to businesses, professionals, and individuals in Louisiana and Texas. It offers various deposit products, including personal and business checking, savings, money market, and demand accounts, as well as time deposits. The company also provides loans, such as non-farm non-residential loans secured by real estate, commercial and industrial loans, one- to four-family residential loans, construction and land development loans, agricultural loans, farmland loans, consumer and other loans, and multifamily loans. In addition, it offers a range of consumer services, including personal and commercial credit cards, remote deposit capture, safe deposit boxes, official checks, Internet banking, automated teller machines, online bill pay, mobile banking, and lockbox services. The company operates through 27 banking facilities located in market services areas of Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport-Bossier City, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, and Waco. First Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Hammond, Louisiana.

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