CM Finance (CMFN) Earns Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.13

News coverage about CM Finance (NASDAQ:CMFN) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. CM Finance earned a coverage optimism score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the investment management company an impact score of 45.8556000531973 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Several research analysts have weighed in on CMFN shares. ValuEngine lowered shares of CM Finance from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. Redburn Partners downgraded shares of CM Finance from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Raymond James Financial downgraded shares of CM Finance from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Finally, UBS downgraded shares of CM Finance from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, February 9th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, CM Finance has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $11.00.

CMFN stock traded down $0.25 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $8.20. 14,037 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 23,667. CM Finance has a twelve month low of $7.40 and a twelve month high of $10.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 1.52 and a quick ratio of 1.52. The firm has a market cap of $115.69, a P/E ratio of 7.13 and a beta of 1.13.

CM Finance (NASDAQ:CMFN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 7th. The investment management company reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.01. CM Finance had a net margin of 63.54% and a return on equity of 7.98%. The firm had revenue of $8.45 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $7.67 million. sell-side analysts expect that CM Finance will post 1.04 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 5th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th were issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 12.20%. CM Finance’s payout ratio is currently 86.96%.

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CM Finance Company Profile

CM Finance Inc is an externally managed, non-diversified closed-end management investment company. The Company is a specialty finance company that invests primarily in the debt of the United States middle-market companies. The Company’s primary investment objective is to maximize total return to stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation by investing in debt and related equity of privately held lower middle-market companies.

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