First Financial Northwest (FFNW) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Financial Northwest earned a news sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the bank an impact score of 44.371871038467 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) traded up $0.02 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $15.87. The stock had a trading volume of 21,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 17,575. The firm has a market capitalization of $170.79, a P/E ratio of 18.24, a PEG ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a quick ratio of 1.17 and a current ratio of 1.17. First Financial Northwest has a 1-year low of $14.83 and a 1-year high of $21.29.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The bank reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $10.11 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.15 million. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 6.45% and a net margin of 18.74%. sell-side analysts forecast that First Financial Northwest will post 0.81 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 1st were issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, November 30th. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.18%.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on FFNW shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial Northwest from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price target on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research report on Friday, December 22nd.

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First Financial Northwest Company Profile

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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