Horace Mann Educators (HMN) Given News Sentiment Score of 0.11

News stories about Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Horace Mann Educators earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.0402656182335 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

A number of brokerages recently commented on HMN. TheStreet upgraded shares of Horace Mann Educators from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Horace Mann Educators from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Horace Mann Educators in a report on Wednesday, December 6th.

Horace Mann Educators (HMN) opened at $44.05 on Friday. Horace Mann Educators has a 1-year low of $33.85 and a 1-year high of $47.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18, a current ratio of 0.09 and a quick ratio of 0.09. The stock has a market cap of $1,791.38, a PE ratio of 28.60 and a beta of 1.17.

Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The insurance provider reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.47. Horace Mann Educators had a net margin of 5.56% and a return on equity of 4.94%. The company had revenue of $289.80 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $293.10 million. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.58 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .5% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts anticipate that Horace Mann Educators will post 1.7 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 18th were issued a $0.275 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 15th. This represents a $1.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.50%. Horace Mann Educators’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 71.43%.

In other Horace Mann Educators news, Director Robert Stricker sold 3,829 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.75, for a total value of $175,176.75. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Company insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

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About Horace Mann Educators

Horace Mann Educators Corporation (HMEC) is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, HMEC markets and underwrites personal lines of property and casualty (primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners) insurance, retirement annuities (primarily tax-qualified products) and life insurance in the United States.

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