Somewhat Positive Media Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM) Stock Price

Media stories about Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE:SWM) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Schweitzer-Mauduit International earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the company an impact score of 47.2035232064145 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International stock traded down $0.19 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $39.17. The stock had a trading volume of 125,873 shares, compared to its average volume of 183,162. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.24, a current ratio of 2.94 and a quick ratio of 1.89. The stock has a market cap of $1,211.16, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.38, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.33 and a beta of 1.31. Schweitzer-Mauduit International has a 12-month low of $36.26 and a 12-month high of $48.06.

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Schweitzer-Mauduit International (NYSE:SWM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, February 21st. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $235.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $224.80 million. Schweitzer-Mauduit International had a net margin of 3.50% and a return on equity of 17.91%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 18.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.80 EPS. equities analysts expect that Schweitzer-Mauduit International will post 3.38 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 23rd. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd were given a dividend of $0.43 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $1.72 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 4.39%. This is a boost from Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. Schweitzer-Mauduit International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 54.09%.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Schweitzer-Mauduit International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th.

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About Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides engineered solutions and advanced materials for various industries worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Engineered Papers and Advanced Materials & Structures. The Engineered Papers segment produces and sells cigarette papers, reconstituted tobacco leaf, and wrapper and binder products to cigarette and cigar manufacturers; and other non-tobacco paper products.

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