Union Bankshares (UBSH) Earns Media Sentiment Score of 0.13

Media coverage about Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies negative and positive media 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 closest to one being the most favorable. Union Bankshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5821833354711 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 headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently weighed in on UBSH shares. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Union Bankshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Union Bankshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Brean Capital reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Union Bankshares in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $39.33.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ UBSH) opened at $36.87 on Friday. Union Bankshares has a one year low of $29.50 and a one year high of $39.37. The company has a current ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42. The company has a market cap of $1,622.46, a PE ratio of 19.84 and a beta of 1.27.

Union Bankshares (NASDAQ:UBSH) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.49. Union Bankshares had a net margin of 20.02% and a return on equity of 7.98%. The company had revenue of $88.73 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $91.68 million. sell-side analysts forecast that Union Bankshares will post 1.86 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th were paid a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 10th. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.28%. This is an increase from Union Bankshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.20. Union Bankshares’s dividend payout ratio is currently 46.67%.

In related news, EVP John G. Jr. Stallings acquired 1,373 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $36.22 per share, with a total value of $49,730.06. Following the purchase, the executive vice president now directly owns 9,582 shares in the company, valued at approximately $347,060.04. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 2.18% of the company’s stock.

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About Union Bankshares

Union Bankshares Corporation is a financial holding company and bank holding company. The Company operates through two segments: a community bank segment and mortgage loan origination business segment. The Company offers financial services through its community bank subsidiary, Union Bank & Trust (the Bank) and three non-bank financial services affiliates.

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