Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) EVP Stephen John Ulenberg sold 3,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.81, for a total transaction of $125,430.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 12,736 shares in the company, valued at approximately $532,492.16. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Shares of Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE GWB) traded up $1.04 during trading on Thursday, reaching $43.19. 356,133 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 256,074. The company has a market cap of $2,496.02, a PE ratio of 16.62, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.43 and a beta of 1.69. Great Western Bancorp Inc has a 52 week low of $33.27 and a 52 week high of $45.62. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $117.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $118.85 million. Great Western Bancorp had a net margin of 27.04% and a return on equity of 8.66%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.63 EPS. research analysts anticipate that Great Western Bancorp Inc will post 2.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, February 21st. Investors of record on Friday, February 9th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.85%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 8th. Great Western Bancorp’s payout ratio is 34.48%.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on GWB. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 target price on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of Great Western Bancorp in a report on Friday, January 26th. FBR & Co cut shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $44.00 target price on the stock. in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $46.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Great Western Bancorp currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $46.50.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. LSV Asset Management boosted its stake in Great Western Bancorp by 31.3% in the 4th quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 286,700 shares of the bank’s stock worth $11,410,000 after purchasing an additional 68,300 shares in the last quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC boosted its stake in Great Western Bancorp by 4.4% in the 4th quarter. Wedge Capital Management L L P NC now owns 1,104,579 shares of the bank’s stock worth $43,962,000 after purchasing an additional 46,614 shares in the last quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in Great Western Bancorp in the 4th quarter worth about $229,000. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in Great Western Bancorp by 14.5% in the 4th quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 137,932 shares of the bank’s stock worth $5,490,000 after purchasing an additional 17,498 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rice Hall James & Associates LLC boosted its stake in Great Western Bancorp by 16.5% in the 4th quarter. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC now owns 230,569 shares of the bank’s stock worth $9,177,000 after purchasing an additional 32,594 shares in the last quarter.

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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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