Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Saul Centers (BFS) Share Price

News stories about Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Saul Centers earned a media sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 44.9536651261198 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on BFS shares. Raymond James Financial reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Saul Centers in a research report on Monday, December 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Saul Centers from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 30th.

Saul Centers (BFS) opened at $60.09 on Wednesday. Saul Centers has a 52-week low of $55.86 and a 52-week high of $67.80. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,338.09, a P/E ratio of 36.87, a PEG ratio of 3.80 and a beta of 0.72. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.62, a quick ratio of 2.68 and a current ratio of 2.68.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 31st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 17th will be given a dividend of $0.52 per share. This is a positive change from Saul Centers’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.51. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 16th. This represents a $2.08 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.46%. Saul Centers’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 125.15%.

In other news, insider Donald A. Hachey sold 4,606 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.50, for a total transaction of $287,875.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 625 shares in the company, valued at approximately $39,062.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, VP Steven N. Corey sold 11,250 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.26, for a total value of $711,675.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 47,874 shares of company stock worth $3,022,163 in the last quarter. Insiders own 48.80% of the company’s stock.

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About Saul Centers

Saul Centers, Inc operates as a real estate investment trust. The Company’s principal business activity is the ownership, management and development of income-producing properties. It operates through two segments: Shopping Centers and Mixed-Use Properties. The Company, which conducts all of its activities through its subsidiaries, the Saul Holdings Limited Partnership (Operating Partnership) and Subsidiary Partnerships, engages in the ownership, operation, management, leasing, acquisition, renovation, expansion, development and financing of community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-used properties in the Washington, District of Columbia/Baltimore metropolitan area.

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