Capitala Finance (CPTA) Receives Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.17

News articles about Capitala Finance (NASDAQ:CPTA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of media 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. Capitala Finance earned a media sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the investment management company an impact score of 45.7428429001853 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Capitala Finance (NASDAQ:CPTA) opened at $7.76 on Monday. Capitala Finance has a 1 year low of $7.40 and a 1 year high of $14.65. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29, a current ratio of 21.58 and a quick ratio of 21.58. The firm has a market capitalization of $123.67, a P/E ratio of 6.81 and a beta of 1.02.

Capitala Finance (NASDAQ:CPTA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The investment management company reported $0.28 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $0.28. Capitala Finance had a return on equity of 7.49% and a net margin of 3.04%. The firm had revenue of $12.31 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $12.42 million. sell-side analysts expect that Capitala Finance will post 0.98 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 20th will be issued a $0.0833 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 19th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 12.88%. Capitala Finance’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 909.17%.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on CPTA shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Capitala Finance from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 8th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $14.00 price target on shares of Capitala Finance in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. ValuEngine upgraded Capitala Finance from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $9.50 price target on shares of Capitala Finance in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $13.50.

In related news, Director Larry W. Carroll bought 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $7.62 per share, for a total transaction of $76,200.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 120,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $914,400. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, insider Joseph B. Alala III bought 89,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was bought at an average price of $7.77 per share, with a total value of $691,530.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now owns 9,611 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $74,677.47. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders purchased 109,720 shares of company stock valued at $849,714. 8.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Capitala Finance

Capitala Finance Corp. is an externally managed non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate both current income and capital appreciation through debt and equity investments. Both directly and through its subsidiaries that are licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), the Company offers financing to business owners, management teams and financial sponsors for change of ownership transactions, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions, business expansion and other growth initiatives.

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