BJ’s Restaurants (BJRI) Getting Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Media stories about BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. BJ’s Restaurants earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the restaurant operator an impact score of 45.6495577645979 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ BJRI) opened at $35.55 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.79. The firm has a market capitalization of $733.50, a P/E ratio of 22.08, a PEG ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 0.96. BJ’s Restaurants has a 1 year low of $28.00 and a 1 year high of $47.55.

BJ’s Restaurants (NASDAQ:BJRI) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The restaurant operator reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by ($0.09). BJ’s Restaurants had a return on equity of 13.85% and a net margin of 3.30%. The business had revenue of $247.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $248.73 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.30 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.7% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts predict that BJ’s Restaurants will post 1.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a special dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 4th. Investors of record on Monday, November 13th will be issued a $0.11 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, November 10th. BJ’s Restaurants’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 7.24%.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on BJRI. Zacks Investment Research raised BJ’s Restaurants from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Canaccord Genuity lowered their target price on BJ’s Restaurants from $42.00 to $38.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Barclays reduced their price objective on BJ’s Restaurants from $29.00 to $27.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 27th. Wells Fargo & Company reduced their price objective on BJ’s Restaurants from $35.00 to $30.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $36.00 price target on shares of BJ’s Restaurants in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. BJ’s Restaurants presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $36.89.

In other BJ’s Restaurants news, insider Brian S. Krakower sold 801 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.07, for a total transaction of $27,290.07. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Gregory Levin sold 7,209 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $34.01, for a total value of $245,178.09. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 45,672 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,553,304.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 64,102 shares of company stock valued at $2,035,484 over the last three months. Corporate insiders own 6.80% of the company’s stock.

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About BJ’s Restaurants

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc owns and operates restaurants. The Company segment includes casual dining company-owned restaurants. Each of its restaurants is operated either as a BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, a BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, a BJ’s Pizza & Grill or a BJ’s Grill restaurant. The Company’s restaurants offer craft beers and other beers, as well as a selection of appetizers, entrees, pastas, burgers and sandwiches, specialty salads, and desserts, including its warm pizza cookie dessert, the Pizookie.

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