Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (GSBC) Given Neutral Rating at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods

Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed their neutral rating on shares of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 28th.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) remained flat at $50.35 during trading on Thursday. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 17,770 shares. The company has a market cap of $705.20 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.69 and a beta of 1.10. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $49.79 and a 200 day moving average price of $49.06. Great Southern Bancorp has a one year low of $34.48 and a one year high of $56.70.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.05. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 21.22% and a return on equity of 10.96%. The firm had revenue of $46.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.74 million. Analysts anticipate that Great Southern Bancorp will post $3.21 earnings per share for the current year.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, April 11th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 28th were issued a dividend of $0.22 per share. This represents a $0.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 24th. Great Southern Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.33%.

In other news, Director William V. Turner sold 3,300 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.13, for a total transaction of $168,729.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 182,153 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,313,482.89. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Joseph W. Turner sold 7,817 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.37, for a total transaction of $409,376.29. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 144,532 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,569,140.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 16,846 shares of company stock valued at $871,195. 24.15% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp during the fourth quarter worth $203,000. Summit Global Investments purchased a new stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp during the fourth quarter worth $443,000. Highbridge Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 94.4% in the fourth quarter. Highbridge Capital Management LLC now owns 9,904 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $541,000 after buying an additional 4,809 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp during the fourth quarter worth $850,000. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 80.0% in the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 17,100 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $935,000 after buying an additional 7,600 shares during the period. 36.42% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Great Southern Bancorp Company Profile

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans.

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