State Auto Financial (STFC) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Shows

Media headlines about State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. State Auto Financial earned a media sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 47.6660088818683 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

NASDAQ:STFC traded up $0.06 on Thursday, reaching $28.57. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 119,082 shares, compared to its average volume of 43,701. State Auto Financial has a 12-month low of $22.11 and a 12-month high of $30.85. The company has a quick ratio of 0.07, a current ratio of 0.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14. The company has a market capitalization of $1,223.43, a P/E ratio of -113.19 and a beta of 0.89.

State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 20th. The insurance provider reported $0.40 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by ($0.07). State Auto Financial had a negative net margin of 0.75% and a negative return on equity of 1.85%. The firm had revenue of $362.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $289.70 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.46 EPS. State Auto Financial’s quarterly revenue was down .5% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that State Auto Financial will post 1.45 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, March 13th will be issued a dividend of $0.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, March 12th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.40%. State Auto Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -153.84%.

STFC has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub raised State Auto Financial from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered State Auto Financial from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. State Auto Financial presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $29.50.

In other State Auto Financial news, insider Kim Burton Garland acquired 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 6th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $28.47 per share, with a total value of $256,230.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Steven Eugene English sold 10,834 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $27.83, for a total value of $301,510.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 12,691 shares of company stock worth $352,777. 1.54% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About State Auto Financial

State Auto Financial Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in writing personal, business, and specialty insurance products. It operates through four segments: Personal Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Specialty Insurance, and Investment Operations. The Personal Insurance segment primarily provides personal automobile, homeowners insurance, and other personal insurance products.

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