Shares of BankFinancial Co. (NASDAQ:BFIN) have received a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company.

Brokerages have set a one year consensus target price of $17.75 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.19 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned BankFinancial an industry rank of 35 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of equities research analysts recently weighed in on BFIN shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. BidaskClub raised shares of BankFinancial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its stake in shares of BankFinancial by 6.5% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 15,454 shares of the bank’s stock worth $230,000 after acquiring an additional 946 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 15.7% in the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 24,300 shares of the bank’s stock worth $373,000 after purchasing an additional 3,300 shares during the last quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors grew its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 33.6% in the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 16,716 shares of the bank’s stock worth $266,000 after purchasing an additional 4,200 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,192,688 shares of the bank’s stock worth $18,295,000 after purchasing an additional 5,059 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in shares of BankFinancial by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 103,274 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,584,000 after purchasing an additional 5,356 shares during the last quarter. 64.56% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of BankFinancial (NASDAQ BFIN) opened at $15.63 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $283.93, a P/E ratio of 31.26, a P/E/G ratio of 2.28 and a beta of 0.48. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.30, a current ratio of 1.06 and a quick ratio of 1.06. BankFinancial has a one year low of $13.43 and a one year high of $17.00.

BankFinancial (NASDAQ:BFIN) last announced its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.17 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $14.94 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $14.80 million. BankFinancial had a net margin of 14.39% and a return on equity of 5.73%. equities analysts anticipate that BankFinancial will post 0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 23rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.08 per share. This represents a $0.32 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.05%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 6th. BankFinancial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 64.00%.

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About BankFinancial

BankFinancial Corporation is the bank holding company for BankFinancial, National Association (the Bank). The Bank is a full-service, community-oriented national bank principally engaged in the business of commercial, family and personal banking. The Bank offers its customers a range of loan, deposit and other financial products and services through its full-service Illinois-based banking offices located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, and through its Internet branch, www.bankfinancial.com.

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