Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWBK) Short Interest Up 18.6% in February

Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWBK – Get a rating) was the target of strong short-term interest growth in February. As of February 28, there were short interests totaling 13,400 shares, an 18.6% growth from the total of 11,300 shares as of February 13. Based on an average trading volume of 6,800 shares, the short-term interest rate ratio is currently 2.0 days. Approximately 0.2% of the company’s shares are sold short.

Separately, StockNews.com assumed coverage on Hawthorn Bancshares in a Thursday, March 10, research note. They issued a “buy” rating on the stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently changed their positions in HWBK. Royal Bank of Canada increased its position in shares of Hawthorn Bancshares by 149.0% during the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 1,484 shares of the financial services provider valued at $34,000 after purchasing an additional 888 shares during the period. UMB Bank NA MO purchased a new equity stake from Hawthorn Bancshares during the fourth quarter worth approximately $78,000. CENTRAL TRUST Co increased its position in shares of Hawthorn Bancshares by 27.0% during the third quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 4,780 shares of the financial services provider valued at $111,000 after purchasing an additional 1,017 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of Hawthorn Bancshares by 13,886.1% during the second quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 5,035 shares of the financial services provider valued at $115,000 after buying an additional 4,999 shares during the period. Finally, Nuveen Asset Management LLC purchased a new equity stake from Hawthorn Bancshares during the second quarter valued at approximately $216,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 32.90% of the company’s shares.

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Shares of Hawthorn Bancshares opened at $26.03 on Thursday. Hawthorn Bancshares has a 52-week low of $20.83 and a 52-week high of $27.46. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $25.74. The company has a market capitalization of $172.24 million, a PE ratio of 7.65 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a quick ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.97 and a debt ratio of 1.03.

Hawthorn Bancshares (NASDAQ: HWBK – Get a rating) last reported quarterly earnings data on Friday, Jan. 28. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.90 for the quarter. Hawthorn Bancshares had a return on equity of 16.63% and a net margin of 27.86%. The company had revenue of $18.78 million for the quarter.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 1. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 15 will receive a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.60 and a dividend yield of 2.31%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 14. Hawthorn Bancshares’ dividend payout ratio is currently 17.62%.

Hawthorn Bancshares Company Profile (Get a rating)

Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. operates as a bank holding company, which provides retail and corporate banking services through its subsidiary, Hawthorn Bank. It offers checking and savings accounts, Internet banking, debit cards, certificates of deposit, brokerage services, personal loans, installment loans, trust services, credit-linked insurance and safes.

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