Another Bank Below Book Value: Premier Financial Bancorp

Premier Financial Bancorp (NASDAQ: PFBI) is a relatively small and sleepy multi-state bank holding company with 47 branch offices across five states and Washington D.C. which originates residential, commercial, and consumer loans and not much else.

However, unlike some of its community banking contemporaries, Premier has a documented history of profitability as it has been profitable on a net income basis in each of the past 10 years including 2008/2009, bears a uninterrupted dividend payout harking back to 1996 amounting to just over a 4% annual yield today, and has a management team with a very well defined strategic plan in place… which they have actually executed upon to date!

As contributed to Seeking Alpha

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Is There Really No Place Like HomeStreet? Pt. II

In the first of this two-part series on HomeStreet (NASDAQ: HMST) bank we took a look at some of the things impeding its path to greater efficiency and profitability.

Now, we go into depth on some of the things it has gotten right, attempt to place an approximate value on the bank holding company, and consider catalysts for its potential realization.

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Flagstar Bancorp: Potential To Fly High

At first glance there is a whole lot to like about Flagstar (NYSE:FBC). The bank holding company is the largest headquartered in the state of Michigan, is the fifth largest savings bank in the country, and they are the official banking partner of the locally beloved and storied Detroit Red Wings NHL franchise…

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