First Financial Northwest, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFNW) Director Gary F. Faull sold 12,409 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.19, for a total value of $213,310.71. Following the transaction, the director now owns 80,967 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,391,822.73. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

FFNW stock traded down $0.11 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $17.06. The company had a trading volume of 10 shares, compared to its average volume of 28,389. The company has a quick ratio of 1.22, a current ratio of 1.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.47. The company has a market cap of $189.26 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.17, a P/E/G ratio of 1.14 and a beta of 0.12. First Financial Northwest, Inc. has a 52 week low of $13.13 and a 52 week high of $21.82.

First Financial Northwest (NASDAQ:FFNW) last released its quarterly earnings data on Friday, July 27th. The bank reported $0.30 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.02. First Financial Northwest had a return on equity of 10.27% and a net margin of 25.72%. The company had revenue of $10.79 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $11.35 million. equities research analysts anticipate that First Financial Northwest, Inc. will post 1.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 21st. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 7th will be given a $0.08 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 6th. This represents a $0.32 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.88%. First Financial Northwest’s payout ratio is 35.96%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Acadian Asset Management LLC lifted its position in shares of First Financial Northwest by 873.6% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 43,412 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $848,000 after buying an additional 38,953 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in shares of First Financial Northwest by 10.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 521,354 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $8,733,000 after buying an additional 47,251 shares during the last quarter. Millennium Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of First Financial Northwest in the first quarter valued at approximately $549,000. Hartford Investment Management Co. acquired a new stake in shares of First Financial Northwest in the second quarter valued at approximately $223,000. Finally, Thomson Horstmann & Bryant Inc. lifted its position in shares of First Financial Northwest by 4.6% in the first quarter. Thomson Horstmann & Bryant Inc. now owns 298,394 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $4,998,000 after buying an additional 13,189 shares during the last quarter. 45.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on FFNW shares. FIG Partners downgraded First Financial Northwest from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded First Financial Northwest from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 25th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 price target on shares of First Financial Northwest in a research note on Friday, July 27th.

First Financial Northwest Company Profile

First Financial Northwest, Inc operates as the holding company for First Financial Northwest Bank that provides commercial banking services in Washington. The company offers a range of deposit products, including noninterest bearing accounts, interest-bearing demand accounts, money market deposit accounts, statement savings accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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