MutualFirst Financial (MFSF) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Press coverage about MutualFirst Financial (NASDAQ:MFSF) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MutualFirst Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the bank an impact score of 46.0277176988522 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on MFSF. BidaskClub upgraded shares of MutualFirst Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, December 30th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of MutualFirst Financial in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of MutualFirst Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $43.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $38.67.

Shares of NASDAQ MFSF traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $36.60. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 10,957 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,041. MutualFirst Financial has a fifty-two week low of $31.05 and a fifty-two week high of $40.50. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47. The company has a market capitalization of $313.41, a PE ratio of 19.16, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.08 and a beta of 0.21.

MutualFirst Financial (NASDAQ:MFSF) last released its earnings results on Friday, February 2nd. The bank reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.49 by ($0.03). MutualFirst Financial had a net margin of 16.00% and a return on equity of 9.71%. The firm had revenue of $17.04 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $17.20 million. sell-side analysts expect that MutualFirst Financial will post 2.38 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 9th were paid a $0.18 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 8th. This represents a $0.72 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.97%. MutualFirst Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 37.70%.

In other MutualFirst Financial news, Director Michael J. Marien sold 2,200 shares of MutualFirst Financial stock in a transaction on Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $36.50, for a total transaction of $80,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 51,928 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,895,372. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Michael J. Marien sold 2,964 shares of MutualFirst Financial stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $36.51, for a total transaction of $108,215.64. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 55,759 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,035,761.09. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 12,734 shares of company stock valued at $464,490 over the last three months. 11.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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MutualFirst Financial Company Profile

MutualFirst Financial, Inc (MutualFirst) is the bank holding company of MutualBank (MutualBank or the Bank). The Bank offers financial services through approximately 30 full service retail financial center offices in Allen, Delaware, Elkhart, Grant, Kosciusko, Randolph, Saint Joseph and Wabash counties in Indiana.

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