Press coverage about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) has trended positive on Friday, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a media sentiment score of 0.27 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.9124936651114 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Shares of Houlihan Lokey (NYSE HLI) traded up $0.17 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $46.45. 8,478 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 240,419. The company has a market cap of $3,057.44, a P/E ratio of 18.29, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.11 and a beta of 0.42. Houlihan Lokey has a one year low of $31.37 and a one year high of $52.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.77.
Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The financial services provider reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $258.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $240.98 million. Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 17.25% and a return on equity of 20.03%. The firm’s revenue was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. analysts predict that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd will be issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.72%. Houlihan Lokey’s payout ratio is 31.62%.
HLI has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $52.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, December 25th. Bank of America upped their target price on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “buy” rating and set a $52.00 target price on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company. Houlihan Lokey presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.50.
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Houlihan Lokey Company Profile
Houlihan Lokey, Inc is a global independent investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The Company operates through four segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, Financial Advisory Services and Strategic Consulting.
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