FS Bancorp (FSBW) Earning Somewhat Negative News Coverage, Study Finds

Press coverage about FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) has been trending somewhat negative recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. FS Bancorp earned a media sentiment score of -0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the bank an impact score of 43.7827465218694 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several research analysts have commented on FSBW shares. ValuEngine downgraded FS Bancorp from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded FS Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. FS Bancorp has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $50.75.

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Shares of FSBW stock traded down $0.55 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $53.90. The stock had a trading volume of 8,814 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,415. FS Bancorp has a twelve month low of $35.80 and a twelve month high of $59.81. The stock has a market cap of $201.22, a P/E ratio of 12.51, a PEG ratio of 1.17 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 1.03 and a quick ratio of 0.96.

FS Bancorp (NASDAQ:FSBW) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The bank reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.05). FS Bancorp had a net margin of 20.05% and a return on equity of 13.26%. The company had revenue of $16.56 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $17.14 million. sell-side analysts forecast that FS Bancorp will post 4.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Mark Tueffers sold 2,400 shares of FS Bancorp stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.25, for a total value of $135,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 200 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,250. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Ted A. Leech sold 5,000 shares of FS Bancorp stock in a transaction on Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.47, for a total value of $272,350.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 13.19% of the company’s stock.

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FS Bancorp Company Profile

FS Bancorp, Inc is a holding company for 1st Security Bank of Washington (the Bank). The Company is a diversified lender with a focus on the origination of indirect home improvement loans, also referred to as fixture secured loans, commercial real estate mortgage loans, home loans, commercial business loans and second mortgage and home equity loan products.

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