Saturday, May 26, 2018

OceanFirst Financial Offers Value During A Transition Year

New Jersey's OceanFirst Financial (OCFC) has done okay since I last wrote about the company in January, with the shares more or less tracking with smaller Northeast community banks (or slightly outperforming) and offering a little outperformance relative to larger regional/super-regional banks like Bank of America (BAC), PNC Financial (PNC), and Toronto-Dominion (TD). Organic loan growth has weakened recently as management has chosen to be more disciplined on price, but accretion benefits have been stronger than expected and the company's deposit performance has been good.

OceanFirst is not wildly undervalued, but I think this is a good combination of a below-the-radar growing bank with disciplined management and a good business plan/profile. I believe OceanFirst has more options to pursue M&A in the relatively near term, and I believe the shares should trade in the low-to-mid $30s.

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OceanFirst Financial Offers Value During A Transition Year

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