AMERISAFE (AMSF) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing 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. AMERISAFE earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.2039675704544 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) opened at $60.75 on Friday. AMERISAFE has a 12 month low of $51.20 and a 12 month high of $69.40. The stock has a market cap of $1,171.96, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.70 and a beta of 0.87.

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The insurance provider reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.79 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $92.90 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $92.04 million. AMERISAFE had a net margin of 17.07% and a return on equity of 13.92%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 5.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that AMERISAFE will post 3.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, December 13th. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.32%. AMERISAFE’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 23.81%.

AMSF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. B. Riley restated a “buy” rating on shares of AMERISAFE in a research note on Monday, November 6th. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $69.00 target price on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Friday, October 27th. Boenning Scattergood reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Thursday, October 26th. FBR & Co reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of AMERISAFE in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised AMERISAFE from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, September 18th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. AMERISAFE has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $66.00.

In related news, CEO G. Janelle Frost sold 1,728 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.74, for a total transaction of $115,326.72. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 54,322 shares in the company, valued at $3,625,450.28. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

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Amerisafe, Inc is an insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in providing workers’ compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, and agriculture. It is engaged in underwriting the workers’ compensation exposures inherent in these industries.

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