MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) Receives Media Sentiment Score of 0.28

Media stories about MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) have been trending positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MidSouth Bancorp earned a coverage optimism score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the bank an impact score of 44.9424195794538 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

MSL stock remained flat at $$13.40 during trading on Wednesday. 19,295 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 48,882. The company has a market capitalization of $227.55, a PE ratio of -13.40 and a beta of 1.28. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05, a quick ratio of 0.84 and a current ratio of 0.83. MidSouth Bancorp has a fifty-two week low of $11.05 and a fifty-two week high of $16.60.

MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, January 30th. The bank reported ($0.15) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.07 by ($0.22). The business had revenue of $25.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $23.71 million. MidSouth Bancorp had a negative net margin of 11.48% and a negative return on equity of 0.46%. equities analysts forecast that MidSouth Bancorp will post 0.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 2nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.01 per share. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.30%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, March 14th. MidSouth Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -4.00%.

A number of equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut MidSouth Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. ValuEngine upgraded MidSouth Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Hovde Group cut MidSouth Bancorp from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $15.00 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 31st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. MidSouth Bancorp has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.60.

In related news, Director C R. Cloutier sold 5,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.28, for a total transaction of $71,400.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 211,142 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,015,107.76. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Andrew G. Hargroder sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.00, for a total value of $42,000.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 194,142 shares in the company, valued at $2,717,988. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 26,000 shares of company stock valued at $345,185. Company insiders own 19.84% of the company’s stock.

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About MidSouth Bancorp

MidSouth Bancorp, Inc is a financial holding company. The Company operates primarily through its wholly owned bank subsidiary, MidSouth Bank, N.A. The Company is operating principally in the community banking business by providing banking services to commercial and retail customers through the Bank. The Bank is community oriented and focuses primarily on offering commercial and consumer loan and deposit services to individuals and small to middle market businesses in Louisiana, and central and east Texas.

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