News headlines about Provident Financial (NASDAQ:PROV) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Provident Financial earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.5138944276575 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Provident Financial (NASDAQ PROV) traded up $0.07 during trading on Thursday, reaching $18.86. 5,700 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 14,310. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 1.15 and a quick ratio of 1.01. The company has a market capitalization of $142.98, a PE ratio of 30.80 and a beta of -0.01. Provident Financial has a 1 year low of $17.62 and a 1 year high of $20.35.

Provident Financial (NASDAQ:PROV) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.17 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $15.47 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $16.70 million. Provident Financial had a return on equity of 3.84% and a net margin of 4.82%. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, December 5th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 14th were paid a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 13th. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.97%. Provident Financial’s dividend payout ratio is 136.59%.

In related news, Director Roy Taylor sold 10,212 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.03, for a total value of $194,334.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, SVP Lilian Brunner-Salter sold 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.17, for a total transaction of $172,530.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 20,382 shares of company stock worth $389,126 over the last quarter. 12.74% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Provident Financial Company Profile

Provident Financial Holdings, Inc is the holding company of Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B. (the Bank). The Bank is a federally chartered stock savings bank. The Company operates through two segments: Provident Bank and Provident Bank Mortgage (PBM). The Bank’s operations primarily consist of accepting deposits from customers within the communities surrounding the Bank’s full service offices and investing those funds in single-family loans, multi-family loans, commercial real estate loans, construction loans, commercial business loans, consumer loans and other mortgage loans.

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