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Stock Highlights: Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ: ABCB)

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Ameris Bancorp is in the banking industry and is in the financial services sector. The company CEO is Dennis J. Zember. Ameris Bancorp provides business through its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Ameris Bank. Services include commercial real estate loans, which accounts for the major source of its income.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The ABCB stock showed a previous change of 0.26% with an open at 38.42 and a close of 38.33. It reached an intraday high of 38.49 and a low of 38.10.

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Liquidity:

The stock has a market cap of $1.8b with 47.5m shares outstanding, of which the float is 45.5m shares. Trading volume reached 209,868 shares compared to its average volume of 349,916 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is bad, highly speculative and an investor may want to avoid this stock.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Ameris Bancorp shares returned 0.50% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 1.24%. Over three months, it changed 6.82%. In one year it has changed -32.61% and within that year its 52-week high was 58.10 and its 52-week low was 29.97. ABCB stock is 27.89% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 44.75 and a 50 day moving average of 37.48. Currently ABCB stock is trading -14.36% below its 200 day moving average and may not be a good opportunity to buy as it may continue to trend down.

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Earnings:

The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 3.34 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 13.89. Based on 3 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.93. The TTM EPS is 3.34, which comes to a TTM PE of 11.48. Historically, the PE high was 37.60 and the PE low was 11.48. ABCB stock has set a new PE low record!

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.96
09-30-2018:  0.91
06-30-2018:  0.74
03-31-2018:  0.73

The dividend per share is currently 0.40, which is a dividend yield of 1.04%. Also, the payout ratio is 11.98%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 85.22, which means it is possibly undervalued and has a margin of safety of 55.02%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 5.40% of insider ownership and 125.70% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 0, which is 0.00% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 0.00.

The current calculated beta is 1.53

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on equity is 10.71%, return on assets is 1.25%, profit margin is 22.76%, price-to-sales is 3.41 and price-to-book is 1.25.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 5  :Valuation Score
 4  :Past Performance Score
 5  :Financial Strength Score
 5  :Future Growth Score
 4  :Dividend Score
 4  :Overall Score

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John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.