HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTBI) Short Interest Up 43.4% in June


HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: HTBI – Get a rating) was the target of a sharp increase in short-term interest in June. As of June 15, there was short interest totaling 258,500 shares, an increase of 43.4% from the total of 180,300 shares as of May 31. Based on an average trading volume of 51,300 shares, the day-to-cover ratio is currently 5.0 days.

The NASDAQ HTBI traded down $0.19 during Friday trading hours, hitting $25.19. The company’s shares had a trading volume of 81,762 shares, compared to an average volume of 49,293. The company has a current ratio of 1.03, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt ratio of 0, 08. The company has a market capitalization of $396.01 million, a PE ratio of 18.25 and a beta of 0.64. HomeTrust Bancshares has a 52 week low of $24.60 and a 52 week high of $32.60. The company’s 50-day simple moving average is $26.27 and its two-hundred-day simple moving average is $29.07.

HomeTrust Bancshares (NASDAQ:HTBI – Get a rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 27. The financial services provider reported EPS of $0.51 for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.52 per ($0.01). The company posted revenue of $35.99 million in the quarter, compared to $36.69 million expected by analysts. HomeTrust Bancshares had a net margin of 14.30% and a return on equity of 9.53%. Research analysts expect HomeTrust Bancshares to post EPS of 2.36 for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 2. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 19 received a dividend of $0.09. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 18. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.36 and a yield of 1.43%. HomeTrust Bancshares’ dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 26.09%.

Separately, StockNews.com cut HomeTrust Bancshares shares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, May 27.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Dorsey Wright & Associates purchased a new equity stake from HomeTrust Bancshares during Q1 worth approximately $43,000. Amalgamated Bank purchased a new equity stake from HomeTrust Bancshares during Q1 worth approximately $53,000. Federated Hermes Inc. increased its equity stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 128.4% during the 1st quarter. Federated Hermes Inc. now owns 2,346 shares of the financial services provider worth $69,000 after buying 1,319 additional shares in the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its equity stake in HomeTrust Bancshares by 85.4% during the 4th quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,920 shares of the financial services provider worth $214,000 after buying 3,187 additional shares in the last quarter. Finally, Harbor Advisors LLC purchased a new equity stake from HomeTrust Bancshares during Q4 for a value of approximately $217,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 67.28% of the company’s shares.

HomeTrust Bancshares Company Profile (Get a rating)

HomeTrust Bancshares, Inc operates as a bank holding company for HomeTrust Bank which provides a range of retail and commercial banking products and services. Its deposit products include savings, money market and demand accounts, as well as certificates of deposit for individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations.

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