Essendant (ESND) Earns News Impact Score of 0.11

News headlines about Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Essendant earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the company an impact score of 47.3752262393907 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Essendant stock opened at $8.20 on Monday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.99, a current ratio of 2.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99. The stock has a market capitalization of $309.19, a PE ratio of -1.13 and a beta of 1.16. Essendant has a 12 month low of $7.25 and a 12 month high of $18.30.

Essendant (NASDAQ:ESND) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, February 21st. The company reported $0.11 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.06) by $0.17. The company had revenue of $1.20 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.19 billion. Essendant had a positive return on equity of 4.53% and a negative net margin of 5.30%. Essendant’s quarterly revenue was down 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.02) earnings per share.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 13th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 15th will be paid a $0.14 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.83%. Essendant’s payout ratio is presently -7.69%.

Separately, BidaskClub cut Essendant from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th.

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About Essendant

Essendant Inc (Essendant) is a wholesale distributor of workplace items. The Company’s product portfolio includes Janitorial, Foodservice and Breakroom Supplies (JanSan), Technology Products, Traditional Office Products, Industrial Supplies, Cut Sheet Paper Products, Automotive Products and Office Furniture.

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