Media stories about United Community Bank (NASDAQ:UCBI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. United Community Bank earned a news impact score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.8883487973988 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:
- United Community Bank (UCBI) Lowered to Hold at Zacks Investment Research (americanbankingnews.com)
- United Community Bank, Inc. (UCBI) Expected to Post Quarterly Sales of $128.73 Million (americanbankingnews.com)
- Zacks: Brokerages Anticipate United Community Banks, Inc. (UCBI) to Announce $0.51 Earnings Per Share (americanbankingnews.com)
- United Community Banks announces CEO succession plan (seekingalpha.com)
- United Community Banks (UCBI) CEO Jimmy Tallent Will Move to New Role as Executive Chairman; Lynn Harton to Become CEO (streetinsider.com)
Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of United Community Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. BidaskClub raised shares of United Community Bank from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 21st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of United Community Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised shares of United Community Bank from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. United Community Bank presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $31.00.
United Community Bank (NASDAQ:UCBI) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.01. United Community Bank had a net margin of 14.14% and a return on equity of 10.12%. The company had revenue of $118.24 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $118.26 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.40 earnings per share. United Community Bank’s quarterly revenue was up 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that United Community Bank will post 2.21 EPS for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 5th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were paid a dividend of $0.12 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. This is an increase from United Community Bank’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.10. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.54%. United Community Bank’s payout ratio is 29.45%.
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About United Community Bank
United Community Banks, Inc operates as the bank holding company for United Community Bank that provides retail and corporate banking services to individuals and businesses. It offers various deposit accounts, such as checking accounts, savings and time deposits accounts, NOW accounts, money market deposits, and certificates of deposit.
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