Great Western Bancorp Inc (NYSE:GWB) CFO Peter Robert Chapman sold 4,071 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.00, for a total transaction of $138,414.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 25,890 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $880,260. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Shares of GWB opened at $34.35 on Friday. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $34.67 and a 200-day moving average price of $33.52. Great Western Bancorp Inc has a fifty-two week low of $28.06 and a fifty-two week high of $38.78. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.93 billion, a PE ratio of 11.62, a PEG ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 1.63. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a current ratio of 0.95.

Great Western Bancorp (NYSE:GWB) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 24th. The bank reported $0.89 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.10. Great Western Bancorp had a net margin of 27.73% and a return on equity of 9.01%. The company had revenue of $121.73 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $123.57 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.72 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that Great Western Bancorp Inc will post 3.01 EPS for the current year.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Mason Street Advisors LLC lifted its position in Great Western Bancorp by 1.7% during the third quarter. Mason Street Advisors LLC now owns 19,334 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $638,000 after acquiring an additional 328 shares during the last quarter. First National Bank of Omaha lifted its position in Great Western Bancorp by 1.0% during the third quarter. First National Bank of Omaha now owns 44,644 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,474,000 after acquiring an additional 432 shares during the last quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. lifted its position in Great Western Bancorp by 5.6% during the third quarter. First Mercantile Trust Co. now owns 8,367 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $277,000 after acquiring an additional 443 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio lifted its position in Great Western Bancorp by 0.5% during the third quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 116,000 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $3,828,000 after acquiring an additional 600 shares during the last quarter. Finally, California State Teachers Retirement System lifted its position in Great Western Bancorp by 1.2% during the third quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 89,182 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $2,943,000 after acquiring an additional 1,017 shares during the last quarter. 97.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on GWB shares. ValuEngine raised shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday. TheStreet cut shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, December 2nd. Stephens cut shares of Great Western Bancorp from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and set a $37.00 price target for the company. in a research report on Thursday, December 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Great Western Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $37.00.

About Great Western Bancorp

Great Western Bancorp, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Great Western Bank that provides business and agri-business banking, retail banking, and wealth management services in the United States. The company offers noninterest-bearing demand accounts, interest-bearing demand accounts, interest-bearing non-transaction accounts, time deposits, and corporate credit cards.

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