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How to buy Southern First Bancshares stock

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Southern First Bancshares, Inc is a banks-regional business based in the US. Southern First Bancshares shares (SFST) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Southern First Bancshares employs 254 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Southern First Bancshares share price

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Southern First Bancshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-23.
52-week range$23.16 - $56.42
50-day moving average $49.29
200-day moving average $38.56
Wall St. target price$56.83
PE ratio 21.4615
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.34

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Is Southern First Bancshares under- or over-valued?

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

Southern First Bancshares's P/E ratio

Southern 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 21x. In other words, Southern First Bancshares shares trade at around 21x 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.

Southern First Bancshares's PEG ratio

Southern First Bancshares's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 2.31. 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 Southern First Bancshares's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Southern First Bancshares financials

Revenue TTM $77.6 million
Operating margin TTM 34.1%
Gross profit TTM $77.6 million
Return on assets TTM 0.77%
Return on equity TTM 8.44%
Profit margin 23.62%
Book value $29.37
Market capitalisation $399.9 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Southern First Bancshares shares

There are currently 54,148 Southern First Bancshares shares held short by investors – that's known as Southern First Bancshares's "short interest". This figure is 37.8% down from 86,991 last month.

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

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

Southern First Bancshares's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Southern First Bancshares shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Southern First Bancshares shares traded daily (recently around 41652.307692308). Southern First Bancshares's SIR currently stands at 1.3. In other words for every 100,000 Southern First Bancshares shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1300 shares are currently held short.

However Southern First Bancshares's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Southern First Bancshares shares, or, against the total number of tradable Southern First Bancshares shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Southern First Bancshares's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Southern First Bancshares shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0075% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Southern First Bancshares shares, roughly 8 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Southern First Bancshares.

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

Southern First Bancshares share dividends

We're not expecting Southern First Bancshares to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Southern First Bancshares's shares ever split?

Southern First Bancshares's shares were split on a 11:10 basis on 29 January 2013. 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 Southern First Bancshares shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 9.1% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Southern First Bancshares shares which in turn could have impacted Southern First Bancshares's share price.

Southern First Bancshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Southern First Bancshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $23.16 up to $56.42. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

SFST.US volatility(beta: 1.07)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 Southern First Bancshares's is 1.0745. This would suggest that Southern First 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).

Southern First Bancshares overview

Southern First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Southern First Bank that provides various banking products and services to general public in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. It accepts various deposit products that include checking accounts, commercial checking accounts, and savings accounts, as well as other time deposits, including daily money market accounts and long-term certificates of deposit. The company's loan portfolio comprises commercial real estate loans; construction real estate loans; commercial business loans for various lines of businesses, such as the manufacturing, service industry, and professional service areas; consumer real estate and home equity loans; and other consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment loans and revolving lines of credit. In addition, it provides other bank services, such as internet banking, cash management, safe deposit boxes, direct deposit, automatic drafts, bill payment, and mobile banking services. The company operates through ten retail offices located in Greenville, Charleston, and Columbia; two retail offices located in Raleigh and Greensboro markets; and one retail office located in Atlanta. Southern First Bancshares, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Southern First Bancshares is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 5.787% of Southern First Bancshares shares are held by insiders and 78.405% by institutions.
How many people work for Southern First Bancshares?
Latest data suggests 254 work at Southern First Bancshares.
When does the fiscal year end for Southern First Bancshares?
Southern First Bancshares's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Southern First Bancshares based?
Southern First Bancshares's address is: 100 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, SC, United States, 29607
What is Southern First Bancshares's ISIN number?
Southern First Bancshares's international securities identification number is: US8428731017
What is Southern First Bancshares's CUSIP number?
Southern First Bancshares's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 39607Y100

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