News articles about Home Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBCP) have been trending positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Home Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of 0.40 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 43.7500101889526 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Retirees: Should You Consider Home Capital Group Inc. Subsidiary Oaken Financial’s +3% Interest GICs? (msn.com)
- 5 ways to get the best home equity loan rate (msn.com)
- Gunmen invade home of oil services company official (stabroeknews.com)
- Does Home Bancorp Inc’s (NASDAQ:HBCP) Recent Track Record Look Strong? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Home Bancorp Announces Additional Deferred Tax Asset Re-Measurement Charge – Revises Results For Fourth Quarter And Year Ended December 31, 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Home Bancorp from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 1st. BidaskClub downgraded Home Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Home Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $47.00.
Home Bancorp (NASDAQ:HBCP) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The bank reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.21. Home Bancorp had a return on equity of 10.82% and a net margin of 21.08%. The company had revenue of $22.71 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.33 million. research analysts expect that Home Bancorp will post 3.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 16th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 6th were given a $0.15 dividend. This is an increase from Home Bancorp’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. The ex-dividend date was Monday, February 5th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.37%. Home Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is presently 24.90%.
In related news, Director Kathy J. Bobbs bought 600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $43.09 per share, with a total value of $25,854.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Chris P. Rader bought 726 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 2nd. The stock was bought at an average cost of $42.05 per share, with a total value of $30,528.30. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders bought 3,704 shares of company stock valued at $156,139 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 15.50% of the company’s stock.
About Home Bancorp
Home Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company for Home Bank, N.A. (the Bank). The Bank conducts business through banking offices in the Greater Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Greater New Orleans and Northshore (of Lake Pontchartrain) regions of south Louisiana and the Natchez and Vicksburg regions of west Mississippi.
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