Wall Street brokerages expect that United Community Financial Corp (NASDAQ:UCFC) will announce earnings per share of $0.21 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for United Community Financial’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $0.21 and the lowest estimate coming in at $0.20. United Community Financial posted earnings per share of $0.19 during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 10.5%. The company is expected to announce its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, July 16th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that United Community Financial will report full-year earnings of $0.81 per share for the current year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.80 to $0.82. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of $0.88 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.85 to $0.90. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for United Community Financial.

United Community Financial (NASDAQ:UCFC) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, April 16th. The savings and loans company reported $0.18 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.20 by ($0.02). The firm had revenue of $28.26 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $28.00 million. United Community Financial had a net margin of 27.09% and a return on equity of 12.20%.

Several research firms have commented on UCFC. Zacks Investment Research lowered United Community Financial from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 28th. BidaskClub raised United Community Financial from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, April 1st. Boenning Scattergood reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of United Community Financial in a research note on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded United Community Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 22nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $11.50.

NASDAQ UCFC traded down $0.18 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $9.12. The stock had a trading volume of 8,874 shares, compared to its average volume of 97,687. The firm has a market cap of $464.27 million, a P/E ratio of 12.32 and a beta of 0.58. United Community Financial has a 52-week low of $8.49 and a 52-week high of $11.98. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, May 10th. Investors of record on Monday, April 29th will be paid a $0.07 dividend. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, April 26th. United Community Financial’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.84%.

In related news, Director Richard J. Schiraldi sold 16,369 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $9.26, for a total value of $151,576.94. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,751 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $53,254.26. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 3.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Citigroup Inc. grew its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 17.9% during the 4th quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 15,420 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $136,000 after purchasing an additional 2,342 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc grew its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 56.2% during the 4th quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 10,843 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $96,000 after purchasing an additional 3,902 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 7.5% during the 3rd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 92,691 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $896,000 after purchasing an additional 6,499 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 424.9% during the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 9,999 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $93,000 after purchasing an additional 8,094 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in shares of United Community Financial by 1.3% during the 4th quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 695,928 shares of the savings and loans company’s stock worth $6,159,000 after purchasing an additional 9,187 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 62.92% of the company’s stock.

About United Community Financial

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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