Spartan Motors (SPAR) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.09

Media coverage about Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Spartan Motors earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the company an impact score of 45.3937918166761 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Spartan Motors (SPAR) opened at $17.20 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $619.57, a P/E ratio of 41.95, a P/E/G ratio of 2.91 and a beta of 1.21. Spartan Motors has a 12-month low of $6.30 and a 12-month high of $18.10. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a current ratio of 1.70 and a quick ratio of 0.95.

Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $0.21 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $189.22 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $185.30 million. Spartan Motors had a return on equity of 8.04% and a net margin of 2.15%. Spartan Motors’s revenue was up 27.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.10 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Spartan Motors will post 0.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th were issued a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 0.65%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, November 14th. Spartan Motors’s payout ratio is 24.39%.

Several research firms recently commented on SPAR. BidaskClub raised shares of Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Friday. ValuEngine lowered shares of Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Sidoti began coverage on shares of Spartan Motors in a research note on Friday, December 1st. They set a “buy” rating for the company. TheStreet raised shares of Spartan Motors from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, November 4th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $17.00.

In other news, insider John W. Slawson sold 21,191 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.42, for a total transaction of $326,765.22. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 111,165 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,714,164.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 3.72% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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Spartan Motors Company Profile

Spartan Motors, Inc is an engineer and manufacturer in the heavy-duty, custom vehicles marketplace. The Company operates through three segments: Emergency Response Vehicles, Delivery and Service Vehicles, and Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. The Company’s Emergency Response Vehicles segment engineers and manufactures emergency response chassis, emergency response bodies and aerial equipment.

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