Shares of Franklin Financial Network will be added to the prominent Russell 2000 index of small-cap stocks later this month. Chairman Richard Herrington says the move will add to the visibility of the stock (Ticker: FSB), which came to market earlier this spring at $21 and has since climbed to about $22.30.
Analysts at Wunderlich Securities have started covering the shares of newly public local bank holding company Franklin Financial Network and Avenue Financial Holdings. The firm has given Franklin Financial a 'buy' rating and price target of $28 — up from the stock's current level (Ticker: FSB) of about $22 — but stopped at 'hold' for Avenue. The latter (Ticker: AVNU) is seen climbing to $13.50 from the $11.55 at which it closed last Friday.
So it turns out the glitzy parts of Nashville — downtown, West End, The Gulch and the like — aren't the only area office submarkets where space now costs more than $30 per square foot.
The leaders of Franklin Financial Network last week signed 15-year lease papers for almost 17,000 square feet that's been built onto their downtown Franklin headquarters by a company controlled by bank directors Henry Brockman and David Kemp.
Franklin Financial's starting rent is $33.25, which is $4.50 more than Spectrum Emery Properties is asking for its big and shiny One Franklin Park building located a few miles northeast. Even taking into account the "friendly" nature of the deal — which includes a clause allowing that rental rate to rise between 1.5 percent and 3.5 percent annually — the lease tells us the Nashville-area property market is in fine fettle, to say the least.
Check out the deal's details here.
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Analysts at Compass Point have started covering shares of Franklin Financial Network with a 'buy' rating and price target of $27. That's right in line with their peers at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who launched coverage three weeks ago. Since going public at $21, Franklin Financial (Ticker: FSB) shares have retreated a little bit, closing Friday at $20.15.
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