Zacks: Brokerages Expect United Community Financial Corp (UCFC) Will Announce Quarterly Sales of $28.10 Million

Equities research analysts expect that United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) will post $28.10 million in sales for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for United Community Financial’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $28.00 million and the highest is $28.20 million. United Community Financial reported sales of $27.35 million in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 2.7%. The firm is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that United Community Financial will report full year sales of $117.45 million for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $116.90 million to $118.00 million. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect that the business will report sales of $126.48 million, with estimates ranging from $126.10 million to $126.86 million. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow United Community Financial.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.20 by ($0.02). United Community Financial had a return on equity of 12.34% and a net margin of 27.75%. The business had revenue of $29.08 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $29.03 million.

UCFC has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $11.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Thursday. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research report on Friday, January 25th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 25th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of United Community Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.50.

NASDAQ:UCFC traded down $0.14 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $9.43. 340,100 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 103,376. United Community Financial has a one year low of $8.49 and a one year high of $11.98. The firm has a market cap of $476.90 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.74 and a beta of 0.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.93 and a current ratio of 0.97.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 4th were paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 1st. This represents a $0.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.97%. United Community Financial’s payout ratio is 37.84%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Legal & General Group Plc grew its stake in United Community Financial by 56.2% during the fourth quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 10,843 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $96,000 after buying an additional 3,902 shares in the last quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC acquired a new stake in United Community Financial during the third quarter worth about $107,000. Jefferies Group LLC acquired a new stake in United Community Financial during the third quarter worth about $124,000. Citigroup Inc. grew its stake in United Community Financial by 17.9% during the fourth quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 15,420 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 2,342 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY grew its stake in United Community Financial by 356.4% during the fourth quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 16,537 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $146,000 after buying an additional 12,914 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 62.23% of the company’s stock.

United Community Financial Company Profile

United Community Financial Corp. operates as the holding company for Home Savings Bank that provides consumer and business banking services. The company offers various deposit instruments, including checking accounts, regular savings accounts, money market accounts, individual retirement accounts, and certificates of deposit.

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