Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Apollo Investment (AINV) Stock Price

Media coverage about Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Apollo Investment earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the asset manager an impact score of 45.2999589851432 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Shares of Apollo Investment (AINV) opened at $5.78 on Friday. Apollo Investment has a 12-month low of $5.69 and a 12-month high of $6.82. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,262.60, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.89, a PEG ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 0.93. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.61.

Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) last announced its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The asset manager reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.16. Apollo Investment had a return on equity of 9.51% and a net margin of 29.87%. The firm had revenue of $66.46 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $67.75 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.18 EPS. The business’s revenue was down 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Apollo Investment will post 0.63 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, January 5th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, December 21st will be given a dividend of $0.15 per share. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 20th. Apollo Investment’s dividend payout ratio is presently 166.67%.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on AINV shares. ValuEngine raised Apollo Investment from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Raymond James Financial raised Apollo Investment from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $7.00 price target for the company in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. TheStreet raised Apollo Investment from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. National Securities reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $6.00 price target on shares of Apollo Investment in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co lowered their price target on Apollo Investment from $6.50 to $6.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $6.41.

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About Apollo Investment

Apollo Investment Corporation is a closed-end, externally managed, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation. It invests primarily in various forms of debt investments, including secured and unsecured debt, loan investments and/or equity in private middle-market companies.

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