Great Ajax (AJX) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

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Media stories about Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Great Ajax earned a daily sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.4185595554059 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

AJX has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Great Ajax from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price target for the company in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on shares of Great Ajax in a research report on Wednesday, March 7th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Great Ajax from a “d” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, February 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Great Ajax presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $16.50.

Shares of AJX stock traded up $0.04 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $13.56. 20,769 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 37,926. Great Ajax has a fifty-two week low of $12.27 and a fifty-two week high of $15.40. The company has a quick ratio of 4.71, a current ratio of 4.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $246.58, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.64 and a beta of 0.62.

Great Ajax (NYSE:AJX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 6th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.42 by ($0.06). Great Ajax had a return on equity of 9.90% and a net margin of 52.79%. The business had revenue of $13.80 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $14.11 million. analysts anticipate that Great Ajax will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 8.85%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. Great Ajax’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 76.43%.

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Great Ajax Company Profile

Great Ajax Corp. is an externally managed real estate company. The Company is focused on acquiring, investing in and managing a portfolio of re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans secured by single-family residences and single-family properties. Its segment is focused on non-performing mortgages and re-performing mortgages.

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