BATON ROUGE, La., April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Business First Bancshares, Inc., the parent bank holding company of Business First Bank, announced today that it has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.05 cents per share on the outstanding shares of the corporation's common stock. The dividend is payable on May 16, 2016, to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 29, 2016.
Business First Bancshares reported net earnings of $1,404,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to net earnings of $1,133,000 for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, a year-over-year increase of 23.92%. Earnings per diluted share of common stock was $0.19 for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, compared to $0.20 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.
"This is a big day for us," said Jude Melville, President and Chief Executive Officer of Business First Bancshares. "I thank our shareholders for their trust and confidence over the past 10 years as we developed a foundation upon which to build a meaningful institution. Initiation of a dividend signifies our staying power as a company, and we look forward to many opportunities to reward shareholders for their investment over the coming years."
Information about Business First Bancshares, Inc. is available at b1BANK.com.
About Business First Bancshares, Inc.
Business First Bancshares, Inc. is the parent bank holding company for Business First Bank, the largest community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge and one of the top institutions (by size) headquartered in Louisiana. Business First Bank operates 17 offices, including 16 banking centers and one loan production office, in seven markets across Louisiana. Business First Bank provides commercial and personal banking, treasury management and wealth solutions services to private businesses and their owners, operators, executives and employees. It was chosen as one of American Banker magazine's Top 40 Banks to Work For in 2014.
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