First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) insider John R. Reisner sold 750 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.62, for a total transaction of $46,965.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink.

NASDAQ FDEF opened at $63.08 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 1.00. First Defiance Financial has a 52-week low of $47.01 and a 52-week high of $64.59. The company has a market cap of $644.76 million, a PE ratio of 17.97 and a beta of 0.89.

First Defiance Financial (NASDAQ:FDEF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $1.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.16. First Defiance Financial had a net margin of 25.37% and a return on equity of 10.53%. The firm had revenue of $36.39 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $35.35 million. equities analysts predict that First Defiance Financial will post 4.29 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 25th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 18th were paid a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 17th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.90%. First Defiance Financial’s dividend payout ratio is presently 34.19%.

FDEF has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub upgraded shares of First Defiance Financial from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 10th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 13th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of First Defiance Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 7th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $62.00.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new stake in First Defiance Financial in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $119,000. Handelsbanken Fonder AB acquired a new stake in First Defiance Financial in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $208,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in First Defiance Financial in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $262,000. Ferris Capital LLC acquired a new stake in First Defiance Financial in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $397,000. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in First Defiance Financial by 9.0% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 18,723 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock valued at $973,000 after acquiring an additional 1,540 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 65.08% of the company’s stock.

About First Defiance Financial

First Defiance Financial Corp. operates as a unitary thrift holding company that provides community-based financial services in northwest Ohio, northeast Indiana, and southeastern Michigan. It offers checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, term certificate accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service; and consumer finance, 1-4 family residential real estate, commercial real estate, construction, consumer, commercial, and home equity and improvement loans.

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