Student Transportation (STB) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Accern Reports

News headlines about Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB) (TSE:STB) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Student Transportation earned a media sentiment score of 0.02 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the transportation company an impact score of 46.2559756855516 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Student Transportation (NASDAQ STB) traded up $0.08 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $6.14. The company had a trading volume of 203,100 shares, compared to its average volume of 213,390. The stock has a market cap of $574.98, a price-to-earnings ratio of 51.17 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.46, a current ratio of 1.91 and a quick ratio of 1.83. Student Transportation has a one year low of $5.39 and a one year high of $6.21.

Student Transportation (NASDAQ:STB) (TSE:STB) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The transportation company reported ($0.08) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.12) by $0.04. The company had revenue of $107.43 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $106.57 million. Student Transportation had a return on equity of 8.30% and a net margin of 1.59%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.13) EPS. equities analysts predict that Student Transportation will post 0.13 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, April 16th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 30th will be given a dividend of $0.0367 per share. This represents a $0.44 annualized dividend and a yield of 7.17%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 28th. Student Transportation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 366.67%.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on STB. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Student Transportation from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $6.75 target price for the company in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. BidaskClub lowered Student Transportation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. BMO Capital Markets reduced their target price on Student Transportation from $8.25 to $7.60 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $6.50 target price on shares of Student Transportation in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $6.87.

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About Student Transportation

Student Transportation Inc is a Canada-based company engaged in providing school bus transportation services in North America. The Company provides school bus and management services to public and private schools in North America and offers services, such as contracted services, special needs transportation, charter services, direct to parent and used bus sales.

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