Brokerages Expect United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) to Announce $0.20 Earnings Per Share

Brokerages expect United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) to announce earnings of $0.20 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Two analysts have provided estimates for United Community Financial’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.19 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.20. United Community Financial reported earnings of $0.17 per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 17.6%. The company is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that United Community Financial will report full year earnings of $0.82 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.81 to $0.82. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $0.89 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.88 to $0.89. Zacks’ EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts that cover United Community Financial.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $29.08 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $29.03 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.75% and a return on equity of 12.34%.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on UCFC. ValuEngine lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 19th. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Friday, January 25th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 18th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the stock. United Community Financial presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $12.00.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Private Advisor Group LLC bought a new position in United Community Financial during the 3rd quarter valued at about $107,000. Jefferies Group LLC bought a new position in United Community Financial during the 3rd quarter valued at about $124,000. Connor Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. bought a new position in United Community Financial during the 3rd quarter valued at about $162,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 1,215.1% in the third quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 16,847 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $162,000 after acquiring an additional 15,566 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ramsey Quantitative Systems raised its stake in shares of United Community Financial by 76.8% in the third quarter. Ramsey Quantitative Systems now owns 16,886 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $163,000 after acquiring an additional 7,335 shares during the last quarter. 62.43% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of United Community Financial stock traded down $0.09 during trading on Monday, hitting $9.50. 2,732 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 117,852. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.97. United Community Financial has a twelve month low of $8.49 and a twelve month high of $11.98. The firm has a market cap of $476.90 million, a P/E ratio of 12.85 and a beta of 0.59.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 15th. Investors of record on Monday, February 4th will be issued a dividend of $0.07 per share. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 1st. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.84%.

About United Community Financial

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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