Analysts’ Views On The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS)

The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ:FBMS) finished Friday with an addition of $0.38 to close at $39.75, an upside of 0.97 percent. An average of 171,320 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $1.02 in the past week, and it reached a new high 46 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 107,865 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 88,040.

FBMS stock has increased by 1.22% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $37.26 on 10/06/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 08/11/21, shares of the company touched a low of $22.88 and a high of $41.41 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 30 times so far this year and achieved 28.72% or $8.87 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -4.01% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

243 days have passed since The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) last reported insider trading activity. COLE M RAY JR, who is PRESIDENT AND CEO, most recently acquired $5,000 shares at $33.00 per share on Feb 22.

Valuation Metrics

The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.23, which compares with the 16.80 for the broader industry and 13.15 for the sector. In the last five years, The First Bancshares Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 30.58 and 6.425. The stock’s beta is 1.20. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 4.66, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.27, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 11.92.

The First Bancshares Inc. pays a $0.60 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 1.51%. The company has a payout ratio of 17.40%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Aug. 25, and it was $0.15 a share, representing a up of 7.14% from $0.14 last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 4 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.01 reported on Monday July 26 2021.Dividends have grown by 180.00% each year over the last three years.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.22 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.22 for the quarter ending June 29. Its gross profit as reported stood at $152.68 million compared to revenue of $179.35 million.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, The First Bancshares Inc.’s return on assets was 1.10%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 11.10 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, The First Bancshares Inc. had $144.61 million in total debt. The analyst consensus anticipated The First Bancshares Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.73 per share, but it turned out to be $0.74, a 1.40% surprise. At the end of the quarter ending June 29, The First Bancshares Inc.’s stock balance sheet showed total debt was $152.04 million. Shareholders own equity worth $21.02 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 63.27%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 10.41%.

As of today, FBMS’s price is $39.07 +2.63% or $1.02 from its 5-day moving average. FBMS is currently trading +1.43% higher than its 20-day SMA and +2.19% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -2.38% below the SMA50 and +23.22% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 71.54% and 58.85%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 0.90. With the 14-day stochastic at 86.78% and the average true range at 0.96, the RSI (14) stands at 57.40%. The stock has reached 0.39 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 0.35.

Analyst Ratings

DA Davidson downgraded The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS) to a a Neutral rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a Buy. The consensus rating for The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell FBMS, while 2 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 3 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $41.00 and $46.50, with a median target of $43.50. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for The First Bancshares Inc. (FBMS) stock is $43.80.


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