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The Metrics That Matter Right Now About Republic First Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: FRBK)

Republic First Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:FRBK) price on Friday, March 17, fall -26.67% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $1.21.

A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $1.65, moving within a range at $1.185 and $1.6736. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 0.95 while the PE ratio in trailing twelve months stood at 4.69. Turning to its 52-week performance, $5.50 and $1.51 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, FRBK moved -41.55% over the past month.

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Republic First Bancorp Inc.’s market cap currently stands at around $72.39 million, with investors looking forward to this quarter’s earnings report slated for Apr 24, 2023 – Apr 29, 2023. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.09, which has seen fiscal year 2022 EPS growth forecast to increase to $0.34 and about $0.43 for fiscal year 2023. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 3.00% for 2023 and 26.50% for the next financial year.

Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2022 to grow to $171.53 million, representing a 5.90% jump on that reported in the last financial year.

Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was no upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that FRBK is a 100% Sell. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 100% Sell as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 100% Sell category.

1 analyst(s) have given their forecast ratings for the stock on a scale of 1.00-5.00 for a strong buy to strong sell recommendation. A total of 1 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 0 recommend FRBK as a Buy and 0 give it an Overweight rating. Meanwhile, 0 analyst(s) rate the stock as Underweight and 0 say it is a Sell. As such, the average rating for the stock is Hold which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.

FRBK’s current price about -35.83% and -42.80% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 20.26, while 7-day volatility ratio is 17.62% and 8.46% in the 30-day chart. Further, Republic First Bancorp Inc. (FRBK) has a beta value of 1.00, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.16. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $4.00, forecast between a low of $4.00 and high of $4.00. Looking at the price targets, the low is -230.58% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -230.58%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -230.58% jump to $4.00 which is the analysts’ median price.

In the market, a comparison of Republic First Bancorp Inc. (FRBK) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows FRBK’s intraday price has changed -26.67% in last session and -77.00% over the past year. Comparatively, Customers Bancorp Inc. (CUBI) has moved -11.50% on the day and only -69.60% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Citizens & Northern Corporation (CZNC) price has dipped -3.52% on the day. However, the stock is -14.04% off its price a year ago. Moreover, S&T Bancorp Inc. (STBA) is also down -4.66% in trading on the day while keeping a an uptrend of 3.33% over the past year. If we look at the PE ratio, we find that Republic First Bancorp Inc.’s ratio stands at 4.69 compared to Customers Bancorp Inc.’s 2.78 and Citizens & Northern Corporation’s 12.52. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are down -1.10% and -1.19% respectively in the last trading.

If we refocus on Republic First Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:FRBK), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 0.9 million over the past 10 days and 329.99K over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 63.75 million shares.

The 21.32% of Republic First Bancorp Inc.’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 49.00% of the company’s shares. Also important is the data on short interest which shows that short shares stood at 7.9 million on Jan 30, 2023, giving us a short ratio of 31.03. The data shows that as of Jan 30, 2023 short interest in Republic First Bancorp Inc. (FRBK) stood at 12.39% of shares outstanding, with shares short rising to 7.55 million registered in Dec 29, 2022. Current price change has pushed the stock -43.72% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the FRBK stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.

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