Hawthorn Bancshares (HWBK) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Report Finds

Media coverage about Hawthorn Bancshares (NASDAQ:HWBK) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hawthorn Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.0928571329206 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Hawthorn Bancshares (NASDAQ HWBK) traded up 0.5995% on Tuesday, reaching $20.1702. 343 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market capitalization of $117.61 million, a PE ratio of 14.9409 and a beta of 0.23. Hawthorn Bancshares has a 52 week low of $13.32 and a 52 week high of $22.36. The company has a 50 day moving average of $20.44 and a 200-day moving average of $20.22.

Hawthorn Bancshares (NASDAQ:HWBK) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.30 earnings per share for the quarter. Hawthorn Bancshares had a net margin of 13.25% and a return on equity of 8.35%. The firm had revenue of $12.93 million during the quarter.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, October 1st. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th were given a dividend of $0.07 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.39%. Hawthorn Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio is currently 21.18%.

Hawthorn Bancshares declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Wednesday, August 9th that permits the company to buyback $1.50 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the financial services provider to buy up to 1.2% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

Separately, TheStreet raised shares of Hawthorn Bancshares from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Friday, September 29th.

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Hawthorn Bancshares Company Profile

Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company. Its activities are limited to ownership, indirectly through its subsidiary, Union State Bancshares, Inc (Union), of the outstanding capital stock of Hawthorn Bank. Hawthorn Bank is a full service bank conducting a general banking and trust business, offering its customers checking and savings accounts, Internet banking, debit cards, certificates of deposit, trust services, brokerage services, safety deposit boxes and a range of lending services.

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