Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.20

Media coverage about Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Essendant earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the company an impact score of 47.802715343445 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

ESND stock traded up $0.20 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $8.24. 253,522 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 425,759. The firm has a market cap of $305.05, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.14 and a beta of 1.16. Essendant has a 12 month low of $7.25 and a 12 month high of $18.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 2.17.

Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st. The company reported $0.11 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.17. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.19 billion. Essendant had a negative net margin of 5.30% and a positive return on equity of 4.53%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($0.02) EPS.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 6.80%. Essendant’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -7.69%.

Separately, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Essendant from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th.

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About Essendant

Essendant Inc (Essendant) is a wholesale distributor of workplace items. The Company’s product portfolio includes Janitorial, Foodservice and Breakroom Supplies (JanSan), Technology Products, Traditional Office Products, Industrial Supplies, Cut Sheet Paper Products, Automotive Products and Office Furniture.

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