Analysts Anticipate First Financial Northwest Inc. (FFNW) to Announce $0.17 Earnings Per Share

Shares of First Financial Northwest Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) have received a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Analysts have set a 12-month consensus price target of $14.88 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.17 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned First Financial Northwest an industry rank of 109 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on FFNW shares. DA Davidson reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research note on Sunday, July 17th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of First Financial Northwest from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 12th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill started coverage on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research note on Wednesday, September 14th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in First Financial Northwest stock. Creative Planning boosted its position in shares of First Financial Northwest Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) by 29.6% during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 13,131 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 3,000 shares during the period. Creative Planning owned about 0.11% of First Financial Northwest worth $186,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Institutional investors own 44.62% of the company’s stock.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) traded down 0.42% on Monday, reaching $14.18. The company had a trading volume of 18,389 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.91 and its 200-day moving average price is $13.58. The stock has a market capitalization of $175.69 million, a PE ratio of 23.55 and a beta of 0.38. First Financial Northwest has a 12-month low of $12.48 and a 12-month high of $14.63.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last posted its earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.15 by $0.04. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 4.58% and a net margin of 19.42%. Equities analysts expect that First Financial Northwest will post $0.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, September 9th were paid a dividend of $0.06 per share. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.69%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, September 7th. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 40.68%.

About First Financial Northwest

First Financial Northwest, Inc (First Financial Northwest) is a holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank (the Bank). The Bank primarily serves the greater Puget Sound region of King and to a lesser extent, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap Counties, Washington through its full-service banking office located in Renton, Washington and branch office in Mill Creek, Washington.

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