On Feb 23, Zacks Investment Research upgraded
Riverview Bancorp Inc.
) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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Why the Upgrade?
Riverview Bancorp has been witnessing rising earnings estimates
on the back of strong fiscal third-quarter 2013 results.
Moreover, this well-known commercial banking services provider
delivered positive earnings for the second consecutive
Riverview Bancorp reported fiscal third-quarter results (ended on
Dec 31, 2012) on Jan 30. Earnings per share came in at 5 cents,
significantly surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 1 cent
and prior-year quarter's loss of 74 cents.
Earnings were primarily aided by prudent expense management,
which yielded a 17.6% fall in non-interest expenses and a 47.9%
decrease in interest expense.
Results marked a substantial improvement in credit quality for
Riverview Bancorp. With declining net charge-offs, non-performing
loan balances also reduced.
The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2013 more than tripled to
10 cents per share over the last 30 days. For fiscal 2014, the
Zacks Consensus Estimate more than doubled to 22 cents per share
over the same time frame.
Other Stocks to Consider
Besides Riverview Bancorp, other stocks in the same sector with a
Zacks Rank #1 include
First Financial Holdings Inc.
Meta Financial Group Inc.
Center Bancorp Inc.