The board of First Freedom Bank in Lebanon has voted to pay shareholders an annual dividend of 20 cents, up from 15 cents last year and the 10 cents it paid when launching a dividend in 2013. The nine-year-old, $300 million bank led by President and CEO John Lancaster grew its profits by nearly half last year.
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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