Great Western Bancorp (GWB) Given Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.19

Media stories about Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) have trended somewhat positive this week, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group, a service of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Alpha One ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Great Western Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Alpha One’s scoring:

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) remained flat at $38.15 during midday trading on Friday. 408,487 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $2.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.86 and a beta of 1.86. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $41.52 and a 200-day moving average price of $41.49. Great Western Bancorp has a 12-month low of $29.31 and a 12-month high of $45.62.

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The bank reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.62 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $111.23 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $116.90 million. Great Western Bancorp had a return on equity of 8.47% and a net margin of 27.75%. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.55 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Great Western Bancorp will post $2.50 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 24th. Investors of record on Friday, May 12th will be given a $0.20 dividend. This is a positive change from Great Western Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.10%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, May 10th. Great Western Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 30.77%.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on GWB. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $48.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 8th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Monday, April 3rd. FBR & Co began coverage on Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, April 11th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $48.00 price objective for the company. Finally, DA Davidson restated a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a research note on Wednesday, April 12th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $45.00.

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Great Western Bancorp Company Profile

Great Western Bancorp, Inc is a full-service regional bank holding company. The Company is the holding company of the Great Western Bank (the Bank). As of September 30, 2016, the Company served customers through 173 branches in various markets in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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