FS Bancorp (FSBW) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to AlphaOne Sentiment. AlphaOne, a service of Accern, identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FS Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.10 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) traded up 0.21% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $43.10. 4,557 shares of the company were exchanged. FS Bancorp has a 52 week low of $24.47 and a 52 week high of $45.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $123.87 million, a P/E ratio of 11.30 and a beta of 0.41. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $41.10 and a 200 day moving average of $36.88.

FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The bank reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.75 by $0.10. The business had revenue of $14.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.05 million. FS Bancorp had a return on equity of 13.65% and a net margin of 17.05%. On average, equities research analysts expect that FS Bancorp will post $3.59 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, May 25th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 11th will be paid a $0.11 dividend. This is a positive change from FS Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.02%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, May 9th. FS Bancorp’s payout ratio is currently 11.27%.

FSBW has been the subject of several analyst reports. Raymond James Financial, Inc. initiated coverage on shares of FS Bancorp in a report on Wednesday, April 19th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $43.00 target price for the company. FIG Partners assumed coverage on shares of FS Bancorp in a report on Monday, April 17th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $44.00 target price for the company.

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In related news, COO Drew B. Ness sold 4,779 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $43.88, for a total transaction of $209,702.52. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 12,721 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $558,197.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 11.47% of the company’s stock.

FS Bancorp Company Profile

FS Bancorp, Inc is a holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington (the Bank). The Company is a diversified lender with a focus on the origination of indirect home improvement loans, also referred to as fixture secured loans, commercial real estate mortgage loans, home loans, commercial business loans and second mortgage and home equity loan products.

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