Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Share Price

Press coverage about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the bank an impact score of 45.179524046539 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.

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ HTLF) opened at $51.45 on Tuesday. 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 $1,540.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.34, a PEG ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 0.75. 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 (NASDAQ:HTLF) last released its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.80 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of $0.80. Heartland Financial USA had a return on equity of 10.02% and a net margin of 16.16%. The business had revenue of $118.38 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $116.31 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.74 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Heartland Financial USA will post 3.77 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.13 per share. This represents a $0.52 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.01%. This is an increase from Heartland Financial USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. Heartland Financial USA’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 16.54%.

HTLF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. B. Riley set a $50.00 price objective on shares of Heartland Financial USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $58.00 price objective on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. BidaskClub raised shares of Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 target price on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $57.00.

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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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