|Bid||19.85 x 800|
|Ask||19.95 x 1000|
|Day's Range||19.47 - 20.25|
|52 Week Range||19.47 - 32.45|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.58|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.77|
|Earnings Date||Aug 03, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||0.92 (4.57%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Aug 12, 2020|
|1y Target Est||27.33|
Markets have taken a pounding in recent sessions and investors are understandably nervous. The NASDAQ, which had been leading the markets' recent gains, tumbled 8% in the last two days on fears over high valuations.So, it’s time for defensive stocks. These are stocks that will provide your portfolio with a degree of insulation, protection from the negative chances inherent in the markets. Sometimes that protection comes in the form of high dividends, sometimes in the form of countertrend share appreciation, and sometimes it comes from a solid business foundation and cash-flow.Therefore, today we’ll look at three defensive stocks that have been chosen as Top Picks by Wall Street analysts. These are buy-rated stocks that the analysts foresee having a 25% or better growth potential in the year ahead. Using TipRanks’ Stock Comparison tool, we lined up the three alongside each other to get the lowdown on what the near-term holds for these Dow players.Territorial Bancorp (TBNK)We start with a small-cap financial stock, Territorial Bancorp. This holding company offers, through its subsidiary Territorial Savings Bank, commercial and retail banking services to customers in Hawaii. Services include deposits, commercial and industrial real estate loans, consumer loans, residential mortgages, and home equity lines of credit. The bank’s name reflects the Islands’ status when the company was formed, in 1921.The company reported EPS well above the forecasts in both Q1 and Q2, beating estimates by 17% and 30% respectively. Revenues remained stable during those quarters, and the outlook for Q3 predicts sequential improvements as the economy reopens.The company has kept up its dividend payment through the corona crisis. Territorial has a history of adjusting the dividend to fit the times – but has not done so during the ‘corona half’ 1H20. The regular quarterly payment of 23 cents was last sent out in August. At that rate, it annualizes to 92 cents per common share and yields 4.32%.Compass Point analyst Laurie Hunsicker makes TBNK her top pick, rating the stock a Buy and giving it a $30 price target that suggests a robust 40% upside potential. (To watch Hunsicker’s track record, click here)In her comments, Hunsicker says, “TBNK has a history of paying out ~100% of EPS in the form of dividends and buybacks; TBNK does not currently have a buyback in place (completed its ninth buyback in 2Q20), and in our view has substantial room to declare a special dividend and/ or authorize a new buyback, relative to our EPS projections versus the $0.92 annual dividend... We continue to believe that TBNK will be the top performing bank in our coverage from a credit perspective during the COVID-19 crisis.”It has been relatively quiet when it comes to other analyst activity. In the last three months, only 2 analysts have issued ratings; one is a Buy and the other is a Hold making the consensus rating a Moderate Buy. Shares are selling for $21.30 and have an average price target of $27, giving the stock a 25% one-year upside potential. (See TBNK stock analysis on TipRanks)America’s Car-Mart (CRMT)Next up, America’s Car-Mart, is an Arkansas-based company in the lucrative used vehicle marketplace. The company operates in both brick-and-mortar dealerships and online, and boasts that it specializes in assisting customer with poor or no credit. Car-Mart offers low down payments, flexible financing arrangements, layaway, and buyers and payment protection plans. Car-Mart has a market cap of $684 million, and operates 140 locations in 12 states.With economic pressure on consumers increasing, used vehicles have seen an increase in popularity and sales. CRMT has seen revenues remains stable during 1H20, while earnings made strong sequential gains in Q2. At the top line, revenues have remained between $186 and $195 million, with the most recent quarter, the company’s fiscal Q1, showing $187 million. That same quarter saw earnings of $2.83, 91% above expectations.Vincent Caintic, reviewing the stock for investment firm Stephens, sees Car-Mart getting a boost from the general conditions of the vehicle market. He writes, “We are encouraged that Car-Mart's used car supply has been fixed. It does seem like the price/volume dynamic will fluctuate over the next few quarters, with mgmt. expecting "relief" in car prices over the next six months. Recall that lower car prices are better for CRMT.”In line with those comments, Caintic makes CRMT his top pick. The analyst rates the stock an Overweight (i.e. Buy) along with a $128 price target. This figure implies an upside of 28% from current levels. (To watch Caintic’s track record, click here)The Moderate Buy analyst consensus rating on CRMT is based on 2 Buys and 1 Hold set in recent weeks. The average price target, at $127.67, is in line with Caintic’s. (See CRMT stock analysis on TipRanks)Wesco International (WCC)Last on our list is Wesco, a major name in the electronics industry. Wesco manufactures, distributes, and services communications, electrical, industrial, and maintenance repair and operating and original equipment manufacturer products (MRO and OEM), and also offers logistics and supply chain management. Wesco boasts a $2.24 billion market cap, and over $8 billion in annual sales.While earnings fell in Q1, the Q2 results showed a quick return toward normal levels – and beat the forecast by 57.5%. Going forward, the Q3 prediction is for further gains. Revenues in the first half were stable, at about $2 billion in each quarter.Wells Fargo analyst Michael McGinn covers this stock, and he is impressed by Wesco’s recent business improvements.“Underlying trends look favorable and appear to be showing a healthy dose of positive momentum. This is most notable within organic sales, which were limited to a 12% decline, marking a vast improvement from the highteens% declines previously reported April through May,” McGinn opined. "We think what matters most for investors is the prolific (1) scale, (2) demand (e.g., datacenter, IoT, security, denser fiber, 5G, utility T&D), (3) countercyclical FCF and (4) synergy potential, WCC will have to drive an estimated 30% EBITDA and 40% FCF accretion."With that in mind, McGinn makes WCC his top pick. The analyst rates the stock an Overweight (i.e. Buy) along with a $60 price target, which implies a 34% upside potential from current levels. (To watch McGinn’s track record, click here)Overall, with an average price target of $53.30, Wesco shows a 19% upside potential from the current share price of $47.27. The Moderate Buy consensus rating is based on 10 reviews, including 6 Buys and 4 Holds. (See WCC stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks’ Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks’ equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.
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HONOLULU, July 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Territorial Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: TBNK) (the “Company”), headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii, the holding company parent of Territorial Savings Bank, announces that its Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.23 per share. The dividend is expected to be paid on August 27, 2020 to stockholders of record as of August 13, 2020. Allan Kitagawa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “The Company continued to perform well in the second quarter of 2020 despite the economic uncertainties created by COVID-19. Our net interest margin and net interest income rose in the second quarter and our asset quality continues to be strong. Our strong capital position should allow the Company to work through the challenges we face.” Forward-looking statements \- This press release contains forward-looking statements, which can be identified by the use of words such as “estimate,” “project,” “believe,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “seek,” “expect,” “will,” “may” and words of similar meaning. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: * statements of our goals, intentions and expectations; * statements regarding our business plans, prospects, growth and operating strategies; * statements regarding the asset quality of our loan and investment portfolios; and * estimates of our risks and future costs and benefits.These forward-looking statements are based on our current beliefs and expectations and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond our control. In addition, these forward-looking statements are subject to assumptions with respect to future business strategies and decisions that are subject to change. We are under no duty to and do not take any obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this release.The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements: * general economic conditions, either internationally, nationally or in our market areas, that are worse than expected; * competition among depository and other financial institutions; * inflation and changes in the interest rate environment that reduce our margins or reduce the fair value of financial instruments; * adverse changes in the securities markets; * changes in laws or government regulations or policies affecting financial institutions, including changes in regulatory fees and capital requirements; * changes in monetary or fiscal policies of the U.S. Government, including policies of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board; * our ability to enter new markets successfully and capitalize on growth opportunities; * our ability to successfully integrate acquired entities, if any; * changes in consumer demand, spending, borrowing and savings habits; * changes in accounting policies and practices, as may be adopted by the bank regulatory agencies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board; * changes in our organization, compensation and benefit plans; * the timing and amount of revenues that we may recognize; * the value and marketability of collateral underlying our loan portfolios; * our ability to retain key employees; * cyberattacks, computer viruses and other technological risks that may breach the security of our websites or other systems to obtain unauthorized access to confidential information, destroy data or disable our systems; * technological change that may be more difficult or expensive than expected; * the ability of third-party providers to perform their obligations to us; * the ability of the U.S. Government to manage federal debt limits; * the quality and composition of our investment portfolio; * changes in market and other conditions that would affect our ability to repurchase our common stock; and * changes in our financial condition or results of operations that reduce capital available to pay dividends.Because of these and a wide variety of other uncertainties, our actual future results may be materially different from the results indicated by these forward-looking statements.Contact: Walter Ida (808) 946-1400