Southern First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Southern First Bank that provides various banking products and services to general public in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Flawless balance sheet and good value.
Share Price & News
How has Southern First Bancshares's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?
Latest Share Price and Events
Stable Share Price: SFST has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.
7 Day Return
1 Year Return
Return vs Industry: SFST underperformed the US Banks industry which returned 12.1% over the past year.
Return vs Market: SFST underperformed the US Market which returned 20.1% over the past year.
Price Volatility Vs. Market
How volatile is Southern First Bancshares's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?
Simply Wall St News
1 week ago | Simply Wall StDoes Southern First Bancshares, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SFST) CEO Pay Compare Well With Peers?
3 weeks ago | Simply Wall StDoes Southern First Bancshares, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SFST) P/E Ratio Signal A Buying Opportunity?
1 month ago | Simply Wall StThe Southern First Bancshares (NASDAQ:SFST) Share Price Has Gained 134%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?
Is Southern First Bancshares undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Undervalued compared to fair value
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: SFST ($41.85) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($60.34)
Significantly Below Fair Value: SFST is trading below fair value by more than 20%.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: SFST is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.3x) compared to the Banks industry average (12.6x).
PE vs Market: SFST is good value based on its PE Ratio (11.3x) compared to the US market (18.4x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: SFST is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (2.2x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: SFST is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.6x) compared to the US Banks industry average (1.2x).
How is Southern First Bancshares forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 2 analysts?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: SFST's forecast earnings growth (5.1% per year) is above the savings rate (1.7%).
Earnings vs Market: SFST's earnings (5.1% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.5% per year).
High Growth Earnings: SFST's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: SFST's revenue (8.1% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.6% per year).
High Growth Revenue: SFST's revenue (8.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: SFST's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (11.4%).
How has Southern First Bancshares performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: SFST has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: SFST's current net profit margins (34.2%) are higher than last year (32.6%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: SFST's earnings have grown significantly by 26.5% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: SFST's earnings growth over the past year (25%) is below its 5-year average (26.5% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: SFST earnings growth over the past year (25%) exceeded the Banks industry 12.1%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: SFST's Return on Equity (13.5%) is considered low.
Return on Assets
Return on Capital Employed
How is Southern First Bancshares's financial position? (This company is analysed differently as a bank or financial institution)
Financial Position Analysis
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Inventory Level: SFST has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.
Debt Coverage by Assets: SFST's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.2x debt).
Financial Institutions Analysis
Asset Level: SFST's level of assets compared to its equity is moderate.
Allowance for Bad Loans: SFST has a sufficient allowance for bad loans.
Low Risk Liabilities: SFST's liabilities are made up of primarily low risk sources of funding.
Loan Level: SFST has an acceptable proportion of non-loan assets held.
Low Risk Deposits: SFST's loans are broadly funded by customer deposits.
Level of Bad Loans: SFST has an appropriate level of bad loans (0.35%)
What is Southern First Bancshares's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Yield vs Market
Current dividend yield vs market & industry
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate SFST's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate SFST's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SFST's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SFST's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of SFST's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Art Seaver (55yo)
Mr. R. Arthur Seaver, also known as Art, Jr., has been the Chief Executive Officer of Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (Alternate Name: Greenville First Bancshares, Inc.) and its subsidiary bank, Southern ...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Art's total compensation ($USD1.04M) is below average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.68M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Art's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
|CEO & Director||21.1yrs||US$1.04m||1% $3.2m|
|Executive VP||8.9yrs||US$699.44k||0.60% $1.9m|
|Executive VP & Executive VP of Southern First Bank||7.3yrs||no data||no data|
|Corporate Secretary||0yrs||no data||no data|
|Executive Vice President of Southern First Bank and Senior Lending Officer of Southern First Bank||21.1yrs||US$21.60k||no data|
Experienced Management: SFST's management team is seasoned and experienced (8.9 years average tenure).
|CEO & Director||21.1yrs||US$1.04m||1% $3.2m|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$21.10k||1.02% $3.3m|
|Chairman of the Board||21.1yrs||US$34.70k||0.56% $1.8m|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$26.60k||0.54% $1.7m|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$22.80k||0.43% $1.4m|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$29.10k||0.16% $498.0k|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$21.85k||1.29% $4.2m|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$25.85k||0.54% $1.7m|
|Independent Director||19.1yrs||US$28.50k||0.24% $761.9k|
|Independent Director||21.1yrs||US$21.85k||0.60% $1.9m|
Experienced Board: SFST's board of directors are seasoned and experienced ( 21.1 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: SFST insiders have sold more shares than they have bought in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
Southern First Bancshares, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: Southern First Bancshares, Inc.
- Ticker: SFST
- Exchange: NasdaqGM
- Founded: 1999
- Industry: Regional Banks
- Sector: Banks
- Market Cap: US$321.115m
- Shares outstanding: 7.67m
- Website: https://www.southernfirst.com
Number of Employees
- Southern First Bancshares, Inc.
- 100 Verdae Boulevard
- Suite 100
- South Carolina
- United States
|Ticker||Exchange||Primary Security||Security Type||Country||Currency||Listed on|
|SFST||NasdaqGM (Nasdaq Global Market)||Yes||Common Stock||US||USD||Oct 1999|
Southern First Bancshares, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Southern First Bank that provides various banking products and services to general public in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. It accepts various deposit products that include checking accounts, commercial checking accounts, savings accounts, and other time deposits, including daily money market accounts and long-term certificates of deposit. The company’s loan portfolio comprises commercial real estate loans; construction real estate loans; commercial business loans for various lines of businesses, such as the manufacturing, service industry, and professional service areas; consumer real estate and home equity loans; and other consumer loans, including secured and unsecured installment loans and revolving lines of credit. In addition, it provides other bank services, such as Internet banking, cash management, safe deposit boxes, direct deposit, automatic drafts, bill payment, and mobile banking services. The company operates through 10 retail offices located in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston; 2 retail offices located in Raleigh and Greensboro markets; and 1 retail office located in Atlanta. Southern First Bancshares, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina.
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
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|End of Day Share Price||2020/02/14 00:00|
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