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How to buy Lakeland Financial Corporation stock

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Lakeland Financial Corporation is a banks-regional business based in the US. Lakeland Financial Corporation shares (LKFN) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Lakeland Financial Corporation employs 571 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$189.3 million.

How to buy shares in Lakeland Financial Corporation

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  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 Lakeland Financial Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: LKFN. 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 Lakeland Financial Corporation 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 Lakeland Financial Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Lakeland Financial Corporation. 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.

Lakeland Financial Corporation share price

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Lakeland Financial Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-01-20.
52-week rangeUSD$29.6547 - USD$60.58
50-day moving average USD$54.5203
200-day moving average USD$48.9012
Wall St. target priceUSD$52.33
PE ratio 18.7367
Dividend yield USD$1.36 (2.27%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.19

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Is it a good time to buy Lakeland Financial Corporation stock?

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Is Lakeland Financial Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Lakeland Financial Corporation's P/E ratio

Lakeland Financial Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, Lakeland Financial Corporation shares trade at around 19x 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.

Lakeland Financial Corporation's PEG ratio

Lakeland Financial Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.04. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Lakeland Financial Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Lakeland Financial Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$189.3 million
Operating margin TTM 53.97%
Gross profit TTM USD$196.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.56%
Return on equity TTM 13.42%
Profit margin 43.3%
Book value $25.231
Market capitalisation USD$1.5 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Lakeland Financial Corporation shares

There are currently 673,466 Lakeland Financial Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Lakeland Financial Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 3.3% down from 696,775 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Lakeland Financial Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Lakeland Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Lakeland Financial Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Lakeland Financial Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Lakeland Financial Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 87349.675745785). Lakeland Financial Corporation's SIR currently stands at 7.71. In other words for every 100,000 Lakeland Financial Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 7710 shares are currently held short.

However Lakeland Financial Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Lakeland Financial Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Lakeland Financial Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Lakeland Financial Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Lakeland Financial Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0275% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Lakeland Financial Corporation shares, roughly 28 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 Lakeland Financial Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Lakeland Financial Corporation stock.

Lakeland Financial Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 38.87% of net profits

Recently Lakeland Financial Corporation has paid out, on average, around 38.87% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.27% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Lakeland Financial Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.27% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Lakeland Financial Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $1.36 per share.

While Lakeland Financial Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Lakeland Financial Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Lakeland Financial Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 5 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 22 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Lakeland Financial Corporation's shares ever split?

Lakeland Financial Corporation's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 8 August 2016. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Lakeland Financial Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Lakeland Financial Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Lakeland Financial Corporation's share price.

Lakeland Financial Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Lakeland Financial Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $29.6547 up to $60.58. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LKFN.US volatility(beta: 0.92)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 Lakeland Financial Corporation's is 0.9191. This would suggest that Lakeland Financial Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Lakeland Financial Corporation overview

Lakeland Financial Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Lake City Bank that provides various banking products and services. The company accepts various deposit products, such as noninterest bearing, interest-bearing checking, savings, money market, NOW, and demand deposits. Its loan products include commercial and industrial, commercial real estate and multi-family residential, agri-business and agricultural, consumer 1-4 family mortgage, and other consumer loans. The company also offers retail and merchant credit card services; corporate treasury management, wealth advisory, and trust services; retail brokerage services, including various financial and investment products, such as annuities and life insurance; and Internet business banking and on-line treasury management services. It serves commercial real estate, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, retail, wholesale, finance and insurance, accommodation and food services, and health care industries. As of March 19, 2020, the company operated 50 offices in Northern and Central Indiana. Lakeland Financial Corporation was founded in 1872 and is headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana.

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