Shares of Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the fourteen brokerages that are covering the firm. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 3,161.44 ($39.79).
Several research firms recently issued reports on PFG. Peel Hunt reissued an “add” rating and set a GBX 3,130 ($39.40) price target on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research report on Tuesday, February 28th. Shore Capital reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research report on Tuesday, February 28th. Citigroup Inc reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research report on Friday, January 6th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 3,215 ($40.47) target price on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research report on Wednesday, March 1st. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 3,732 ($46.97) target price on shares of Provident Financial plc in a research report on Friday, February 24th.
Provident Financial plc (LON:PFG) traded up 0.48% during trading on Friday, hitting GBX 3137.00. 347,790 shares of the company were exchanged. The company’s market capitalization is GBX 4.55 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average is GBX 3,012.58 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 2,907.88. Provident Financial plc has a 12 month low of GBX 2,125.00 and a 12 month high of GBX 3,402.27.
The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 23rd. Investors of record on Thursday, May 18th will be paid a dividend of GBX 91.40 ($1.15) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 18th. This represents a yield of 3.13%. This is a boost from Provident Financial plc’s previous dividend of $43.20.
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In related news, insider Ken Mullen sold 7,522 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of GBX 3,106 ($39.09), for a total transaction of £233,633.32 ($294,063.34). Insiders have purchased 15 shares of company stock valued at $43,906 in the last ninety days.
Provident Financial plc Company Profile
Provident Financial plc is a United Kingdom-based non-standard lender. The Company’s divisions include Vanquis Bank Limited (Vanquis Bank), Consumer Credit Division (CCD) and Moneybarn. Its segments include Vanquis Bank, CCD, Moneybarn and Central. The Company serves non-standard credit customers with a range of products from credit cards and car finance, to home credit and online unsecured, and guarantor loans.
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