Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.15

Media coverage about Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Amerisafe earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.7690202561652 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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NASDAQ:AMSF traded up $0.15 on Thursday, hitting $55.25. 158,930 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 90,937. Amerisafe has a fifty-two week low of $51.20 and a fifty-two week high of $67.82. The stock has a market cap of $1,038.32, a PE ratio of 23.02 and a beta of 0.86.

Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) last announced its earnings results on Monday, February 26th. The insurance provider reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.82 by ($0.13). Amerisafe had a return on equity of 12.69% and a net margin of 12.32%. The business had revenue of $94.94 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $92.71 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.04 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Amerisafe will post 3.22 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 9th were paid a dividend of $0.22 per share. This represents a $0.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 8th. This is a boost from Amerisafe’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. Amerisafe’s payout ratio is 36.67%.

AMSF has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. BidaskClub cut shares of Amerisafe from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. ValuEngine raised shares of Amerisafe from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. Boenning Scattergood reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Amerisafe in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Amerisafe from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 6th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Amerisafe from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 22nd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Amerisafe presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $66.00.

In other news, EVP Kathryn Housh Shirley sold 691 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.52, for a total transaction of $38,364.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO G. Janelle Frost sold 7,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.53, for a total transaction of $416,475.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,322 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,849,450.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 10,432 shares of company stock worth $578,872. Corporate insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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Amerisafe Company Profile

AMERISAFE, Inc, an insurance holding company, provides workers' compensation insurance in the United States. Its workers' compensation insurance policies provide benefits to injured employees for temporary or permanent disability, death, and medical and hospital expenses. The company serves small to mid-sized employers involved in construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, agriculture, maritime, oil and gas, and other industries through agencies.

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