Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) has received a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Analysts have set a 1 year consensus price objective of $57.00 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.82 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 15 out of 265 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on GSBC. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $56.00 price objective on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research note on Friday, December 22nd. Sandler O’Neill lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, December 25th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th.

In related news, insider Rex A. Copeland sold 5,250 shares of Great Southern Bancorp stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total value of $288,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 24,698 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,358,390. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Douglas W. Marrs sold 625 shares of Great Southern Bancorp stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.68, for a total transaction of $34,175.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 2,531 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $138,395.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 6,500 shares of company stock valued at $357,894. 23.78% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Walthausen & Co. LLC grew its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 9.0% in the 3rd quarter. Walthausen & Co. LLC now owns 231,249 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $12,869,000 after purchasing an additional 19,150 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management GmbH grew its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 15.1% in the 3rd quarter. Allianz Asset Management GmbH now owns 8,478 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $472,000 after purchasing an additional 1,111 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 3.2% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 644,928 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $35,890,000 after purchasing an additional 20,265 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 4.9% in the 3rd quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 50,977 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,837,000 after purchasing an additional 2,384 shares during the period. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 5.9% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 66,450 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,698,000 after purchasing an additional 3,700 shares during the period. 40.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) traded up $0.20 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $52.35. 12,675 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 21,323. The company has a market cap of $733.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.54 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a quick ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. Great Southern Bancorp has a 12 month low of $47.25 and a 12 month high of $58.45.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.82. The company had revenue of $46.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.30 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 23.03% and a return on equity of 11.46%. equities research analysts anticipate that Great Southern Bancorp will post 3.58 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 17th. Investors of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.83%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. Great Southern Bancorp’s payout ratio is currently 26.67%.

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About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans.

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