Veritex Holdings Inc (VBTX) Short Interest Update

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Veritex Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:VBTX) was the recipient of a significant decline in short interest in the month of January. As of January 15th, there was short interest totalling 1,493,585 shares, a decline of 36.4% from the December 31st total of 2,347,836 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 382,182 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.9 days. Currently, 7.8% of the shares of the stock are sold short.

Shares of VBTX opened at $26.46 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $642.34 million, a P/E ratio of 14.38, a P/E/G ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 1.60. Veritex has a 1-year low of $20.34 and a 1-year high of $33.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.08, a quick ratio of 1.01 and a current ratio of 1.00.

Veritex (NASDAQ:VBTX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 28th. The financial services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $32.31 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $30.73 million. Veritex had a return on equity of 7.86% and a net margin of 25.19%. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Veritex will post 2.22 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a special dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 21st. Investors of record on Thursday, February 7th will be paid a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 6th.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the company. BidaskClub raised Veritex from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. ValuEngine cut Veritex from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research raised Veritex from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 26th. Stephens set a $31.00 price target on Veritex and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Raymond James dropped their price target on Veritex from $33.00 to $29.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Veritex presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $30.50.

In related news, CEO C Malcolm Holland III sold 3,750 shares of Veritex stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $25.62, for a total transaction of $96,075.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 93,046 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,383,838.52. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 4.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its position in shares of Veritex by 20.2% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 92,866 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,885,000 after acquiring an additional 15,605 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its position in shares of Veritex by 24.0% during the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 102,438 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,183,000 after acquiring an additional 19,825 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Veritex by 63.9% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,496,308 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $46,491,000 after acquiring an additional 583,267 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Veritex by 36.5% during the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 873,514 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $27,140,000 after acquiring an additional 233,746 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Voya Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Veritex during the second quarter valued at approximately $246,000. 77.55% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Veritex Company Profile

Veritex Holdings, Inc operates as the holding company for Veritex Community Bank that provides various commercial banking products and services to small and medium-sized businesses, and professionals. The company's deposit products include checking, demand, savings, money market, and time deposit accounts, as well as commercial deposit and financial institution money market accounts.

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