Maiden (MHLD) Given Media Sentiment Rating of 0.05

News coverage about Maiden (NASDAQ:MHLD) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Maiden earned a news impact score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.0596711594166 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Maiden from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. BidaskClub cut shares of Maiden from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Maiden in a research report on Monday, November 6th. FBR & Co reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $11.00 price objective on shares of Maiden in a research report on Monday, September 25th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $7.00 price objective on shares of Maiden in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.40.

Shares of Maiden (NASDAQ MHLD) traded down $0.05 on Friday, hitting $7.55. 1,056,600 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 894,588. The company has a market capitalization of $643.15, a price-to-earnings ratio of -4.63 and a beta of 1.17. Maiden has a 52 week low of $5.55 and a 52 week high of $18.95. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27, a current ratio of 0.18 and a quick ratio of 0.18.

Maiden (NASDAQ:MHLD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The insurance provider reported ($0.66) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by ($0.77). The company had revenue of $653.87 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $708.04 million. Maiden had a negative net margin of 3.95% and a negative return on equity of 9.10%. Maiden’s revenue for the quarter was down 6.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.39 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Maiden will post -0.35 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 16th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, January 2nd will be given a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 7.95%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 29th. Maiden’s payout ratio is presently -36.81%.

In related news, Director Raymond Michael Neff acquired 46,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 13th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $6.40 per share, with a total value of $297,600.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. 10.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Maiden

Maiden Holdings, Ltd. (Maiden) is a holding company. The Company focuses on serving the needs of regional and specialty insurers in the United States, Europe and select other global markets by providing reinsurance solutions designed to support their capital needs. It operates through two segments: Diversified Reinsurance and AmTrust Reinsurance.

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