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

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (BFST): $18.24

0.15 (-0.82%)

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BFST Price/Volume Stats

Current price $18.24 52-week high $25.00
Prev. close $18.39 52-week low $13.05
Day low $18.15 Volume 4,334
Day high $18.35 Avg. volume 84,373
50-day MA $19.19 Dividend yield 2.59%
200-day MA $18.39 Market Cap 462.27M

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  • Sentiment is the dimension where BFST ranks best; there it ranks ahead of 94.87% of US stocks.
  • The strongest trend for BFST is in Sentiment, which has been heading up over the past 179 days.
  • BFST ranks lowest in Quality; there it ranks in the 20th percentile.

BFST Stock Summary

  • Equity multiplier, or assets relative to shareholders' equity, comes in at 10.73 for BUSINESS FIRST BANCSHARES INC; that's greater than it is for 90.96% of US stocks.
  • With a year-over-year growth in debt of 101.8%, BUSINESS FIRST BANCSHARES INC's debt growth rate surpasses 89.7% of about US stocks.
  • BUSINESS FIRST BANCSHARES INC's shareholder yield -- a measure of how much capital is returned to stockholders via dividends and buybacks -- is -92.14%, greater than the shareholder yield of only 6.08% of stocks in our set.
  • Stocks that are quantitatively similar to BFST, based on their financial statements, market capitalization, and price volatility, are ISTR, FSBC, MOFG, AMAL, and AMNB.
  • Visit BFST's SEC page to see the company's official filings. To visit the company's web site, go to

BFST Valuation Summary

  • In comparison to the median Financial Services stock, BFST's EV/EBIT ratio is 3.54% lower, now standing at 10.9.
  • Over the past 66 months, BFST's EV/EBIT ratio has gone down 14.

Below are key valuation metrics over time for BFST.

Stock Date P/S P/B P/E EV/EBIT
BFST 2023-09-15 2.0 0.8 7.8 10.9
BFST 2023-09-14 2.0 0.8 7.9 11.0
BFST 2023-09-13 2.0 0.8 7.8 10.9
BFST 2023-09-12 2.0 0.8 7.8 10.9
BFST 2023-09-11 2.0 0.8 7.9 11.0
BFST 2023-09-08 2.1 0.8 8.0 11.1

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)

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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Latest BFST News From Around the Web

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.

Best Momentum Stock to Buy for September 14th

BFST made it to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) momentum stock list on September 14, 2023.

Yahoo | September 14, 2023

Here's Why Business First (BFST) Is a Great 'Buy the Bottom' Stock Now

Business First (BFST) appears to have found support after losing some value lately, as indicated by the formation of a hammer chart. In addition to this technical chart pattern, strong agreement among Wall Street analysts in revising earnings estimates higher enhances the stock's potential for a turnaround in the near term.

Yahoo | September 14, 2023

New Strong Buy Stocks for September 14th

BFST, AMRK, GPI, ETD and ZWS have been added to the Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) List on September 14, 2023.

Yahoo | September 14, 2023

Institutions own 44% of Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) shares but retail investors control 49% of the company

Key Insights Business First Bancshares' significant retail investors ownership suggests that the key decisions are...

Yahoo | August 29, 2023

Business First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:BFST) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A US$0.12 Dividend

Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be...

Yahoo | August 9, 2023

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BFST Price Returns

1-mo -7.65%
3-mo 16.62%
6-mo 9.42%
1-year -17.96%
3-year 42.47%
5-year -23.64%
YTD -15.94%
2022 -20.22%
2021 41.72%
2020 -16.30%
2019 4.51%
2018 N/A

BFST Dividends

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Continue Researching BFST

Here are a few links from around the web to help you further your research on Business First Bancshares Inc's stock as an investment opportunity:

Business First Bancshares Inc (BFST) Stock Price | Nasdaq
Business First Bancshares Inc (BFST) Stock Quote, History and News - Yahoo Finance
Business First Bancshares Inc (BFST) Stock Price and Basic Information | MarketWatch

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