Business First Bancshares, Inc. (BFST): Price and Financial Metrics

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (BFST): $21.10

0.19 (+0.91%)

POWR Rating

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  • BFST scores best on the Sentiment dimension, with a Sentiment rank ahead of 90.06% of US stocks.
  • BFST's strongest trending metric is Stability; it's been moving up over the last 179 days.
  • BFST's current lowest rank is in the Growth metric (where it is better than 15.12% of US stocks).

BFST Stock Summary

  • Business First Bancshares Inc's stock had its IPO on April 11, 2018, making it an older stock than merely 14.22% of US equities in our set.
  • Equity multiplier, or assets relative to shareholders' equity, comes in at 10.46 for Business First Bancshares Inc; that's greater than it is for 92.23% of US stocks.
  • With a year-over-year growth in debt of 76.99%, Business First Bancshares Inc's debt growth rate surpasses 87.43% of about US stocks.
  • Stocks with similar financial metrics, market capitalization, and price volatility to Business First Bancshares Inc are AMNB, EQBK, AUB, OCFC, and CATY.
  • BFST's SEC filings can be seen here. And to visit Business First Bancshares Inc's official web site, go to

BFST Valuation Summary

  • BFST's EV/EBIT ratio is 3.9; this is 54.65% lower than that of the median Financial Services stock.
  • Over the past 41 months, BFST's price/earnings ratio has gone down 44.3.
  • BFST's price/sales ratio has moved down 2.9 over the prior 41 months.

Below are key valuation metrics over time for BFST.

Stock Date P/S P/B P/E EV/EBIT
BFST 2021-04-05 3.7 1.3 17.1 8.1
BFST 2020-03-12 2.3 0.7 8.5 8.0
BFST 2019-12-09 3.9 1.2 15.2 15.2
BFST 2018-10-30 5.6 1.4 40.1 28.1
BFST 2018-10-11 5.5 1.4 39.6 27.8
BFST 2018-04-23 6.0 1.5 57.0 26.9

BFST's Quality Factors

The “Quality” component of the POWR Ratings focuses on 31 different factors of a companies fundamentals and operational strength. Here are some key insights as we drill into the specifics of these quality attributes.
  • BFST has a Quality Grade of C, ranking ahead of 39.65% of graded US stocks.
  • BFST's asset turnover comes in at 0.043 -- ranking 129th of 428 Banking stocks.
  • GNTY, SMBC, and HTBI are the stocks whose asset turnover ratios are most correlated with BFST.

The table below shows BFST's key quality metrics over time.

Period Asset Turnover Gross Margin ROIC
2021-06-30 0.043 1 0.016
2021-03-31 0.038 1 0.012
2020-12-31 0.038 1 0.010
2020-09-30 0.036 1 0.008
2020-06-30 0.036 1 0.008
2020-03-31 0.040 1 0.012

BFST Price Target

For more insight on analysts targets of BFST, see our BFST price target page. And for a list of of all stocks sorted by upside potential based on analyst target price, see our Top Price Target page.

Average Price Target $29.63 Average Broker Recommendation 1.4 (Strong Buy)

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BFST Price/Volume Stats

Current price $21.10 52-week high $29.50
Prev. close $20.91 52-week low $20.85
Day low $20.85 Volume 49,700
Day high $21.31 Avg. volume 31,642
50-day MA $23.34 Dividend yield 2.3%
200-day MA $25.41 Market Cap 476.12M

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (BFST) Company Bio

Business First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Business First Bank that provides various banking products and services. The company was founded in 2006 and is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Below are the latest news stories about Business First Bancshares Inc that investors may wish to consider to help them evaluate BFST as an investment opportunity.

Business First Bancshares, Inc., Completes Acquisition of Texas Citizens Bancorp, Inc., Expands Business Banking to Houston Market

BATON ROUGE, La., March 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Business First Bancshares, Inc. (Business First) (Nasdaq: BFST), the holding company for b1BANK, has completed its acquisition of Texas Citizens Bancorp, Inc. (Texas Citizens), and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Texas Citizens Bank, National Association. The acquisition became effective March 1, 2022, in accordance with the terms of the previously announced agreement. “This partnership in the Houston area is an important step in the widenin

Yahoo | March 1, 2022

Here's Why I Think Business First Bancshares (NASDAQ:BFST) Is An Interesting Stock

It's only natural that many investors, especially those who are new to the game, prefer to buy shares in 'sexy' stocks...

Yahoo | February 3, 2022

Business First (BFST) Surpasses Q4 Earnings and Revenue Estimates

Business First (BFST) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of 14% and 1.61%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2021. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?

Yahoo | January 25, 2022

Business First Bancshares, Inc., Announces Financial Results for Fiscal Year 2021 and Q4 2021

BATON ROUGE, La., Jan. 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: BFST) (Business First), parent company of b1BANK, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, today announced its unaudited results for the year ended December 31, 2021, including net income of $52.1 million, or $2.53 per diluted share, an increase of $22.1 million and $0.89, respectively, from the prior year ended December 31, 2020. The increase was largely impacted by a $9.2 million pre-tax gain on sale of Small Business

Yahoo | January 25, 2022

Analysts Estimate Business First (BFST) to Report a Decline in Earnings: What to Look Out for

Business First (BFST) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.

Yahoo | January 17, 2022

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BFST Price Returns

1-mo -10.71%
3-mo -20.84%
6-mo -23.48%
1-year -10.39%
3-year -11.19%
5-year N/A
YTD -24.73%
2021 41.72%
2020 -16.30%
2019 4.50%
2018 N/A
2017 N/A

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Business First Bancshares Inc (BFST) Stock Price and Basic Information | MarketWatch

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