Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report published on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. is a financial holding company which owned directly all of the stock of Great Southern Bank and other non-banking subsidiaries. “

Several other equities analysts have also recently commented on the stock. ValuEngine raised shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. BidaskClub cut shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, December 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a hold rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $56.33.

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp stock traded down $0.40 on Thursday, reaching $48.70. 1,569 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 25,876. The firm has a market cap of $699.42 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.30 and a beta of 0.99. Great Southern Bancorp has a 1-year low of $43.30 and a 1-year high of $61.65. The company has a quick ratio of 1.12, a current ratio of 1.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $1.57 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.51. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 26.65% and a return on equity of 12.81%. The business had revenue of $57.59 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $49.00 million. Equities research analysts anticipate that Great Southern Bancorp will post 4.58 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.32 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 28th. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.63%. Great Southern Bancorp’s payout ratio is 34.78%.

In other news, insider Douglas W. Marrs sold 1,296 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.47, for a total transaction of $70,593.12. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 1,625 shares in the company, valued at approximately $88,513.75. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP Douglas W. Marrs sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.04, for a total transaction of $135,100.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 1,625 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $87,815. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 23.00% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 1.6% in the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 115,777 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $6,409,000 after buying an additional 1,860 shares during the period. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 2.2% in the third quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 67,782 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,752,000 after buying an additional 1,472 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 12.0% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 20,600 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,178,000 after buying an additional 2,200 shares during the period. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 32.1% in the third quarter. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta as represented by Alberta Investment Management Corp now owns 10,700 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $592,000 after buying an additional 2,600 shares during the period. Finally, Walthausen & Co. LLC acquired a new position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp in the third quarter worth about $11,004,000. Institutional investors own 43.25% of the company’s stock.

About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc operates as a bank holding company for Great Southern Bank that offers a range of financial services in the United States. Its deposit products include regular savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, fixed interest rate certificates with varying maturities, certificates of deposits, brokered certificates, and individual retirement accounts.

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