ESSA Bancorp (ESSA) Earning Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Study Shows

Press coverage about ESSA Bancorp (NASDAQ:ESSA) has trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. ESSA Bancorp earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3592723620254 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

ESSA Bancorp (ESSA) traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $16.03. 7,600 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 14,926. The firm has a market capitalization of $185.88, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.57 and a beta of 0.24. ESSA Bancorp has a 1 year low of $14.01 and a 1 year high of $16.91. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10, a current ratio of 0.92 and a quick ratio of 0.92.

ESSA Bancorp (NASDAQ:ESSA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.19 earnings per share for the quarter. The firm had revenue of $13.86 million for the quarter. ESSA Bancorp had a net margin of 11.03% and a return on equity of 4.15%.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, December 30th. Investors of record on Saturday, December 16th will be given a dividend of $0.09 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 14th. This represents a $0.36 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.25%. ESSA Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is presently 52.94%.

In related news, VP Thomas J. Grayuski sold 6,654 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $16.12, for a total transaction of $107,262.48. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Gary S. Olson sold 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.81, for a total transaction of $118,480.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 42,399 shares of company stock worth $644,384. 12.39% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About ESSA Bancorp

ESSA Bancorp, Inc is a holding company for ESSA Bank & Trust (the Bank). The Bank is a community-oriented savings bank. The Bank provides financial services to individuals, families and businesses through its banking offices, located in Monroe, Northampton, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, Pennsylvania.

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