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How to buy First Bank stock in Canada | $15.18
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First Bank is a banks-regional business based in the US. First Bank shares (FRBA) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. First Bank employs 211 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$82.3 million.
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Is it a good time to buy First Bank stock?
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in First Bank?
- Has coronavirus impacted First Bank shares?
- First Bank shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is First Bank stock a buy or sell?
- First Bank performance over time
- Can I short First Bank shares?
- Are First Bank shares over-valued?
- First Bank's financials
- How volatile are First Bank shares?
- Does First Bank pay a dividend?
- Other common questions
How has Coronavirus impacted First Bank's stock price?
Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, First Bank's stock price has had significant positive movement.
Its last market close was $15.18, which is 29.25% up on its pre-crash value of $10.74 and 152.58% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the stocks fell as low as $6.01.
If you had bought $1,000 worth of First Bank stocks at the start of February 2020, those stocks would have been worth $645.98 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 $1,406.88.
First Bank stock priceUse our graph to track the performance of FRBA stocks over time.
First Bank shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$15.18|
|52-week range||$7.01 - $15.90|
|50-day moving average||$14.03|
|200-day moving average||$13.39|
|Wall St. target price||$17.13|
|Dividend yield||$0.12 (0.79%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$1.54|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
First Bank price performance over time
|1 week (2021-10-18)||0.93%|
|1 month (2021-09-24)||12.44%|
|3 months (2021-07-23)||13.37%|
|6 months (2021-04-23)||36.51%|
|1 year (2020-10-23)||102.94%|
|2 years (2019-10-24)||39.91%|
|3 years (2018-10-24)||28.64%|
|5 years (2016-10-24)||73.85%|
Is First Bank under- or over-valued?
Valuing First Bank stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of First Bank's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
First Bank's P/E ratio
First Bank's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 10x. In other words, First Bank shares trade at around 10x 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 Bank financials
|Revenue TTM||$82.3 million|
|Operating margin TTM||50.77%|
|Gross profit TTM||$66.4 million|
|Return on assets TTM||1.29%|
|Return on equity TTM||12.75%|
|Market capitalisation||$298.1 million|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting First Bank shares
There are currently 151,456 First Bank shares held short by investors – that's known as First Bank's "short interest". This figure is 5.2% down from 159,717 last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting First Bank shares can be evaluated.
First Bank's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
First Bank's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of First Bank shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of First Bank shares traded daily (recently around 28684.848484848). First Bank's SIR currently stands at 5.28. In other words for every 100,000 First Bank shares traded daily on the market, roughly 5280 shares are currently held short.
However First Bank's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of First Bank shares, or, against the total number of tradable First Bank shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case First Bank's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 First Bank shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0086% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable First Bank shares, roughly 9 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 Bank.
First Bank share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 7.74% of net profits
Recently First Bank has paid out, on average, around 7.74% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 0.79% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), First Bank shareholders could enjoy a 0.79% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In First Bank's case, that would currently equate to about $0.12 per share.
While First Bank's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that First Bank is investing more in its future growth.
First Bank's most recent dividend payout was on 20 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
First Bank share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, First Bank's shares have ranged in value from as little as $7.0143 up to $15.9. 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 Bank's is 0.919. This would suggest that First Bank's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
First Bank overview
First Bank provides various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities. The company accepts various deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as commercial checking accounts. Its loan products include commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans, such as owner-occupied, investor, construction and development, and multi-family loans; residential real estate loans comprising residential mortgages, first and second lien home equity loans, and revolving lines of credit; and consumer and other loans that include auto, personal, and traditional installment loans. The company also provides electronic banking services, including Internet and mobile banking, electronic bill payment, and banking by phone, as well as ATM and debit cards, and wire and ACH transfer services; remote deposit capture; and cash management services. As of January 27, 2021, it operated 18 full-service branches in Cinnaminson, Cranbury, Delanco, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Hamilton Square, Lawrence, Mercerville, Pennington, Randolph, Somerset, and Williamstown counties in New Jersey, as well as Doylestown, Trevose, Warminster, and West Chester counties in Pennsylvania. First Bank was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in Hamilton, New Jersey. .
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