West Bancorporation (WTBA) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about West Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WTBA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. West Bancorporation earned a news sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.3375195772595 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

West Bancorporation (WTBA) traded up $0.05 during trading on Friday, hitting $24.25. 6,300 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 18,989. West Bancorporation has a 1 year low of $20.60 and a 1 year high of $25.40. The company has a market cap of $393.24, a P/E ratio of 15.95 and a beta of 0.98. The company has a quick ratio of 0.87, a current ratio of 0.87 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82.

West Bancorporation (NASDAQ:WTBA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.39 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $17.30 million during the quarter. West Bancorporation had a net margin of 31.63% and a return on equity of 14.48%.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 22nd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 8th will be issued a $0.18 dividend. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 7th. West Bancorporation’s payout ratio is 47.37%.

Separately, BidaskClub lowered shares of West Bancorporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st.

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West Bancorporation Company Profile

West Bancorporation, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company owns West Bank, which is a business-focused community bank. The Company operates in three markets, which include central Iowa; eastern Iowa, which is the area including and surrounding Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa, and the Rochester, Minnesota, area.

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