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How to buy ServisFirst Bancshares stock

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ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. ServisFirst Bancshares shares (SFBS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. ServisFirst Bancshares employs 493 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$325.7 million.

How to buy shares in ServisFirst Bancshares

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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 ServisFirst Bancshares. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: SFBS. 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 ServisFirst 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 ServisFirst Bancshares, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of ServisFirst 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.

ServisFirst Bancshares share price

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ServisFirst Bancshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$21.2971 - USD$51.5
50-day moving average USD$44.8655
200-day moving average USD$39.749
Wall St. target priceUSD$44.13
PE ratio 16.23
Dividend yield USD$0.725 (1.42%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$3.13

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Is it a good time to buy ServisFirst Bancshares stock?

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Is ServisFirst Bancshares under- or over-valued?

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

ServisFirst Bancshares's P/E ratio

ServisFirst 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 16x. In other words, ServisFirst Bancshares shares trade at around 16x 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.

ServisFirst Bancshares financials

Revenue TTM USD$325.7 million
Operating margin TTM 67.77%
Gross profit TTM USD$325.4 million
Return on assets TTM 1.62%
Return on equity TTM 18.48%
Profit margin 52.06%
Book value $18.396
Market capitalisation USD$2.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting ServisFirst Bancshares shares

There are currently 1.5 million ServisFirst Bancshares shares held short by investors – that's known as ServisFirst Bancshares's "short interest". This figure is 2.6% down from 1.5 million last month.

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

ServisFirst Bancshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

ServisFirst Bancshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of ServisFirst Bancshares shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of ServisFirst Bancshares shares traded daily (recently around 147574.13793103). ServisFirst Bancshares's SIR currently stands at 9.86. In other words for every 100,000 ServisFirst Bancshares shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9860 shares are currently held short.

However ServisFirst Bancshares's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of ServisFirst Bancshares shares, or, against the total number of tradable ServisFirst Bancshares shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case ServisFirst Bancshares's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 ServisFirst Bancshares shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.036% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable ServisFirst Bancshares shares, roughly 36 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 ServisFirst Bancshares.

Find out more about how you can short ServisFirst Bancshares stock.

ServisFirst Bancshares share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 23.16% of net profits

Recently ServisFirst Bancshares has paid out, on average, around 23.16% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.61% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), ServisFirst Bancshares shareholders could enjoy a 1.61% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In ServisFirst Bancshares's case, that would currently equate to about $0.725 per share.

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

ServisFirst Bancshares's most recent dividend payout was on 8 January 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 December 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have ServisFirst Bancshares's shares ever split?

ServisFirst Bancshares's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 21 December 2016. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your ServisFirst Bancshares shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for ServisFirst Bancshares shares which in turn could have impacted ServisFirst Bancshares's share price.

ServisFirst Bancshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, ServisFirst Bancshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $21.2971 up to $51.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SFBS.US volatility(beta: 1.19)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 ServisFirst Bancshares's is 1.1868. This would suggest that ServisFirst Bancshares's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

ServisFirst Bancshares overview

ServisFirst Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for ServisFirst Bank that provides banking services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. It offers demand, time, savings, and other deposits; checking, money market, and IRA accounts; and certificates of deposit. The company also provides commercial lending products, such as seasonal loans, bridge loans, and term loans for working capital, expansion of the business, acquisition of property, and plant and equipment, as well as commercial lines of credit; commercial real estate loans, construction and development loans, and residential real estate loans; and consumer loans, such as home equity loans, vehicle financing, loans secured by deposits, and secured and unsecured personal loans. In addition, it offers other banking products and services comprising telephone and mobile banking, direct deposit, Internet banking, traveler's checks, safe deposit boxes, attorney trust accounts, automatic account transfers, automated teller machines, and debit card systems, as well as Visa credit cards; treasury and cash management services; wire transfer, night depository, banking-by-mail, and remote capture services; and correspondent banking services to other financial institutions. Further, the company, through its subsidiary, SF Intermediate Holding Company, Inc., operates as a real estate investment trust for the United States income tax purposes; and holds and manages participations in residential mortgages and commercial real estate loans originated by ServisFirst Bank in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee. It operates 20 full-service banking offices located in Jefferson, Shelby, Madison, Montgomery, Mobile, Baldwin, and Houston Counties in Alabama; Escambia and Hillsborough Counties in Florida; Cobb and Douglas Counties in Georgia; Charleston County in South Carolina; and Davidson County in Tennessee. The company was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

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