Esquire Financial Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:ESQ) Director Kevin C. Waterhouse purchased 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 6th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $22.35 per share, with a total value of $22,350.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 62,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,385,700. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link.

Shares of NASDAQ ESQ opened at $23.63 on Thursday. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $23.72 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $23.44. Esquire Financial Holdings Inc has a 1-year low of $17.62 and a 1-year high of $26.38. The firm has a market cap of $182.36 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.70 and a beta of 1.13.

Esquire Financial (NASDAQ:ESQ) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 25th. The company reported $0.45 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.04. Esquire Financial had a return on equity of 12.46% and a net margin of 25.84%. The business had revenue of $11.67 million during the quarter.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in ESQ. Wasatch Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in Esquire Financial by 30.9% during the first quarter. Wasatch Advisors Inc. now owns 447,229 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,179,000 after purchasing an additional 105,542 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Esquire Financial by 18.7% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 244,810 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,157,000 after purchasing an additional 38,585 shares during the period. Pacific Ridge Capital Partners LLC grew its holdings in Esquire Financial by 18.1% during the first quarter. Pacific Ridge Capital Partners LLC now owns 250,114 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,693,000 after purchasing an additional 38,367 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in Esquire Financial by 11.2% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 333,432 shares of the company’s stock valued at $8,385,000 after purchasing an additional 33,483 shares during the period. Finally, Granite Investment Partners LLC grew its holdings in Esquire Financial by 86.7% during the first quarter. Granite Investment Partners LLC now owns 43,054 shares of the company’s stock valued at $980,000 after purchasing an additional 19,996 shares during the period. 46.24% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of analysts recently commented on ESQ shares. TheStreet raised Esquire Financial from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Esquire Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st.

About Esquire Financial

Esquire Financial Holdings, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Esquire Bank, National Association that provides commercial banking products and services to legal and small business communities, and commercial and retail customers in the United States. The company offers checking, savings, money market, and time deposits, as well as certificates of deposit.

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