First Advantage Co. (NYSE:FA) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts

First Advantage Co. (NYSE:FAGet Rating) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the nine brokerages that are covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a buy recommendation. The average 1-year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $23.92.

Several analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of First Advantage from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Monday, March 28th. Barclays dropped their price target on shares of First Advantage from $30.00 to $22.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, March 16th. Finally, Bank of America started coverage on shares of First Advantage in a report on Friday, March 11th. They set a “buy” rating on the stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of FA. Citigroup Inc. bought a new stake in First Advantage during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $64,000. Royal Bank of Canada bought a new stake in First Advantage during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $63,000. Morgan Stanley bought a new stake in First Advantage during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $96,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co NY bought a new stake in First Advantage during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $162,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank bought a new stake in First Advantage during the 4th quarter worth approximately $166,000. 92.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of First Advantage stock opened at $15.35 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, a current ratio of 4.26 and a quick ratio of 4.26. The company has a 50-day moving average of $17.83 and a 200 day moving average of $17.78. The firm has a market cap of $2.35 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 46.52. First Advantage has a 1 year low of $14.17 and a 1 year high of $24.73.

First Advantage (NYSE:FAGet Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 11th. The company reported $0.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.02. First Advantage had a net margin of 6.29% and a return on equity of 13.34%. On average, equities analysts anticipate that First Advantage will post 1.06 EPS for the current year.

First Advantage Company Profile (Get Rating)

First Advantage Corporation provides technology solutions for screening, verifications, safety, and compliance related to human capital worldwide. It offers pre-onboarding products and solutions, such as criminal background checks, drug/health screening, extended workforce screening, FBI channeling, identity checks and biometric fraud mitigation tools, education/work history verification, driver records and compliance, healthcare credentials, executive screening, and other screening products.

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