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How to buy Business First Bancshares (BFST) shares

Learn how to easily invest in Business First Bancshares shares.

Business First Bancshares is a banks-regional business based in the US. Business First Bancshares stocks (BFST.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $22.5 – a decrease of 1.16% over the previous week. Business First Bancshares employs 590 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $184.6 million.

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Is it a good time to buy Business First Bancshares stock?

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How has Coronavirus impacted Business First Bancshares's stock price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, Business First Bancshares's stock price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $28.9, which is 11.94% up on its pre-crash value of $25.45 and 215.16% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $9.17.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Business First Bancshares stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $389.17 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 $1,144.15.

Business First Bancshares stock price (NASDAQ:BFST)

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Business First Bancshares shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-11.
Latest market close$28.90
52-week range$19.62 - $29.50
50-day moving average $27.90
200-day moving average $24.74
Wall St. target price$32.90
PE ratio 11.1645
Dividend yield $0.46 (1.65%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.60

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Business First Bancshares price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $28.9 from 2022-01-14

1 week (2022-01-07) -1.16%
1 month (2021-12-16) 3.29%
3 months (2021-10-15) 14.05%
6 months (2021-07-16) 26.20%
1 year (2021-01-15) 35.68%
2 years (2020-01-16) 16.06%
3 years (2019-01-16) 25.05%
5 years (2017-01-12) N/A

Is Business First Bancshares under- or over-valued?

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

Business First Bancshares's P/E ratio

Business 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 11x. In other words, Business First Bancshares shares trade at around 11x 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.

Business First Bancshares financials

Revenue TTM $184.6 million
Operating margin TTM 36.93%
Gross profit TTM $137.8 million
Return on assets TTM 1.29%
Return on equity TTM 13.02%
Profit margin 29.2%
Book value $21.11
Market capitalisation $592.6 million

TTM: trailing 12 months

Business First Bancshares share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 16.91% of net profits

Recently Business First Bancshares has paid out, on average, around 16.91% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.65% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Business First Bancshares shareholders could enjoy a 1.65% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Business First Bancshares's case, that would currently equate to about $0.46 per share.

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

Business First Bancshares's most recent dividend payout was on 29 November 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 11 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Business First Bancshares share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Business First Bancshares's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.6225 up to $29.5. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

BFST.US volatility(beta: 0.89)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 Business First Bancshares's is 0.885. This would suggest that Business First Bancshares's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

Business First Bancshares overview

Business First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for b1BANK that provides various banking products and services. It offers various deposit products and services, including a range of checking, demand, money market, time, and savings accounts, as well as certificates of deposit; and remote deposit capture and direct deposit services. The company also provides commercial and industrial loans, including commercial lines of credit, working capital loans, term loans, equipment financing, asset acquisition, expansion and development loans, borrowing base loans, letters of credit, and other loan products; construction and development loans; commercial real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising first and second lien 1-4 family mortgage loans, and home equity lines of credit; and consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment and term loans. In addition, it offers wealth management products, including mutual funds, annuities, individual retirement accounts, and other financial products. Further, the company provides a range of other financial services comprising drive-through banking facilities, automated teller machines, debit and credit cards, and employee and payroll benefits solutions; and night depository, personalized checks, treasury and cash management, merchant, automated clearing house, electronic funds transfer, domestic and foreign wire transfer, traveler's checks, vault, loan and deposit sweep accounts, lock-box, receivables factoring, correspondent banking, online and mobile banking, e-statements, and bank-by-mail services. The company operates approximately 42 full-service banking centers located in the State of Louisiana and in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

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