Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMBC) has been given a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating on the company. Southern Missouri Bancorp’s rating score has declined by 100% from 90 days ago as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Brokerages have set a 12 month consensus price objective of $30.50 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.43 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Southern Missouri Bancorp an industry rank of 164 out of 254 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on SMBC. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, May 1st. BidaskClub raised shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 18th. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 13th.

In other Southern Missouri Bancorp news, CEO Greg A. Steffens purchased 1,131 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 22nd. The stock was purchased at an average price of $22.46 per share, with a total value of $25,402.26. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 212,533 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,773,491.18. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Mark E. Hecker purchased 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 22nd. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $21.93 per share, with a total value of $43,860.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 2,950 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $64,693.50. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have bought 3,258 shares of company stock valued at $72,602 in the last ninety days. 16.73% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of SMBC. Marshall Wace LLP bought a new stake in shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp during the first quarter valued at approximately $44,000. Citigroup Inc. raised its holdings in Southern Missouri Bancorp by 46.7% in the first quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 2,287 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $56,000 after purchasing an additional 728 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA raised its holdings in shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp by 33.9% during the first quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,425 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $59,000 after acquiring an additional 614 shares during the period. Denali Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp by 2,381.0% during the fourth quarter. Denali Advisors LLC now owns 1,563 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $60,000 after acquiring an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Finally, Zebra Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Southern Missouri Bancorp during the fourth quarter worth $212,000. 49.66% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Southern Missouri Bancorp stock traded up $0.37 on Friday, reaching $26.13. 836 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 20,183. The stock has a market cap of $220.97 million, a PE ratio of 8.58 and a beta of 0.81. The company has a current ratio of 1.02, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.55. Southern Missouri Bancorp has a twelve month low of $17.30 and a twelve month high of $39.05. The firm has a fifty day moving average price of $22.62 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $31.86.

Southern Missouri Bancorp (NASDAQ:SMBC) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, April 29th. The savings and loans company reported $0.55 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.66 by ($0.11). The firm had revenue of $23.27 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.79 million. Southern Missouri Bancorp had a return on equity of 11.52% and a net margin of 23.14%. Equities analysts anticipate that Southern Missouri Bancorp will post 2.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Southern Missouri Bancorp Company Profile

Southern Missouri Bancorp, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Southern Bank that provides banking and financial services to individuals and corporate customers in the United States. It offers various deposit instruments, including demand deposit accounts, negotiable order of withdrawal accounts, money market deposit accounts, saving accounts, certificates of deposit, and retirement savings plans.

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