News coverage about First Foundation (NASDAQ:FFWM) has trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. First Foundation earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the bank an impact score of 46.0232553083582 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

FFWM has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Foundation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, October 27th. TheStreet raised shares of First Foundation from a “c-” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 31st. ValuEngine lowered shares of First Foundation from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of First Foundation in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. First Foundation has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.38.

Shares of First Foundation (FFWM) opened at $18.91 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $732.06, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.55, a P/E/G ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.66. First Foundation has a 52-week low of $13.64 and a 52-week high of $19.84. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24, a current ratio of 1.07 and a quick ratio of 1.02.

First Foundation (NASDAQ:FFWM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The bank reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.24 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $38.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $38.83 million. First Foundation had a net margin of 19.62% and a return on equity of 10.32%. equities analysts predict that First Foundation will post 0.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, Chairman Ulrich E. Keller, Jr. sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $18.40, for a total value of $184,000.00. Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 20,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $368,000. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 18.50% of the company’s stock.

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About First Foundation

First Foundation Inc is a financial services holding company that provides a platform of personalized financial services to high net-worth individuals and their families, family businesses and other affiliated organizations. The Company conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors (FFA) and First Foundation Bank (FFB), and First Foundation Insurance Services (FFIS), a subsidiary of FFB.

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