FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.44

News coverage about FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) has been trending positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FBL Financial Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.44 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.5835143354351 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Several analysts have recently commented on the company. ValuEngine cut FBL Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded FBL Financial Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd.

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Shares of FFG stock traded down $0.25 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $69.35. 164,966 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 29,757. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 0.04 and a current ratio of 0.04. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,726.12, a PE ratio of 16.02 and a beta of 0.91. FBL Financial Group has a 52 week low of $59.75 and a 52 week high of $79.70.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $0.99 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $183.01 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $184.56 million. FBL Financial Group had a return on equity of 8.52% and a net margin of 26.42%. analysts forecast that FBL Financial Group will post 5.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

FBL Financial Group declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, March 1st that permits the company to buyback $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the financial services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 29th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.46 per share. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. This is a boost from FBL Financial Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 42.59%.

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About FBL Financial Group

FBL Financial Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, sells individual life insurance and annuity products. The Annuity segment sells various traditional annuity products that primarily consist of fixed rate and indexed annuities, and supplementary contracts. The Life Insurance segment offers whole life, term life, and universal life policies.

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