First Financial Northwest Inc. (FFNW) Earns Buy Rating from Analysts at Sandler O’Neill


Investment analysts at Sandler O’Neill initiated coverage on shares of First Financial Northwest Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday, The Fly reports. The firm set a “buy” rating on the stock.
FFNW has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial Northwest from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 12th. DA Davidson reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research report on Monday, August 15th.
First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) opened at 13.48 on Wednesday. First Financial Northwest has a 52-week low of $11.97 and a 52-week high of $14.02. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $13.65 and its 200-day moving average price is $13.46. The company has a market cap of $167.02 million, a P/E ratio of 22.39 and a beta of 0.06.

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First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $0.11 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.04. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 4.58% and a net margin of 19.42%. On average, equities analysts predict that First Financial Northwest will post $0.61 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 9th will be given a $0.06 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, September 7th. This represents a $0.24 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.79%. First Financial Northwest’s dividend payout ratio is currently 40.68%.
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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