MFA Financial Inc. (MFA): What the Financials Tell Us

MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE:MFA) saw an upside of 0.22% to close Tuesday at $4.65 after adding $0.01 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 2,340,700 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $4.70 in the past week. An average of 2,840,275 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,736,126.

MFA’s 1-month performance is 0.22% or $0.07 on its low of $4.52 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $2.66 and high of $4.90, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 06/09/21. YTD, MFA has achieved 19.54% or $0.76. However, the current price is down -5.10%% from the 52-week high price.


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Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 12.08 and a low of 0.45. MFA stock has a beta of 1.75. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 4.56 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 0.81.

MFA Financial Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.40 per share. Its dividend yield is 8.60% and the payout ratio is 53.60%. MFA paid $0.10 a share compared with prior rate of $0.10, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0250 reported on Wednesday June 16 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by -59.38% yearly.

It is projected that MFA Financial Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 30-Dec. MFA is expected to distribute $0.10 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 1.75, while the total debt to equity was 0.00. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 66.20%. while for the period ending June 29; MFA Financial Inc.’s operating margin was 63.10%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $217.87 million against revenue of $359.38 million.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected MFA to announce $0.09 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.13, representing a 44.40% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $70.63 million. MFA stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $4.47 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $440.81 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 52.28% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 8.56%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $4.63, reflecting a +0.22% or $0.01 change from its current price. MFA is currently trading +1.53% above its 20-day SMA, +4.97% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +0.87% and +17.13% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 37.04% and 34.54% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.09. The RSI (14) points at 50.49%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 44.44% with the period’s ATR at 0.09. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.01 and -0.02 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for MFA Financial Inc. (NYSE: MFA), Keefe Bruyette upgraded it to an Outperform rating. They previously had a Mkt perform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for MFA stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate MFA as a “sell,”, while 3 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 3 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is MFA’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $4.50 and a high of $5.25, with their median price target at $4.75. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for MFA Financial Inc. (MFA) stock is $4.80.

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