Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Given Media Impact Score of 0.25

Media coverage about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.8280486464283 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $58.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. UBS Group cut Heartland Financial USA from a “strong-buy” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub cut Heartland Financial USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. ValuEngine raised Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $61.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.50.

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) opened at $55.00 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a current ratio of 0.78. Heartland Financial USA has a 52 week low of $42.10 and a 52 week high of $56.40. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,647.19, a P/E ratio of 18.64, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 0.69.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, October 30th. The bank reported $0.72 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.72. Heartland Financial USA had a return on equity of 9.77% and a net margin of 18.14%. The company had revenue of $109.12 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $115.81 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.81 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.6% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts predict that Heartland Financial USA will post 3.02 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a None dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 22nd were paid a dividend of $0.07 per share. This is a boost from Heartland Financial USA’s previous None dividend of $0.05. This represents a yield of 0.86%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 21st. Heartland Financial USA’s payout ratio is presently 14.92%.

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Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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