FBL Financial Group (FFG) Earns Media Impact Score of 0.36

Headlines about FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) have been trending positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. FBL Financial Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.36 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.704331021376 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

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Several research firms have weighed in on FFG. ValuEngine cut FBL Financial Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, February 28th. Zacks Investment Research raised FBL Financial Group from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $83.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, January 19th.

NYSE:FFG opened at $70.05 on Monday. FBL Financial Group has a twelve month low of $59.75 and a twelve month high of $79.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,743.55, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.22 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 0.04 and a current ratio of 0.04.

FBL Financial Group (NYSE:FFG) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 8th. The financial services provider reported $0.99 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.04 by ($0.05). FBL Financial Group had a net margin of 26.42% and a return on equity of 8.52%. The business had revenue of $183.01 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $184.56 million. research analysts expect that FBL Financial Group will post 5.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

FBL Financial Group announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, March 1st that allows the company to repurchase $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization allows the financial services provider to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were issued a $0.46 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, March 14th. This represents a $1.84 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.63%. This is a boost from FBL Financial Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.44. FBL Financial Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 42.59%.

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FBL Financial Group Company Profile

FBL Financial Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, sells individual life insurance and annuity products. The Annuity segment sells various traditional annuity products that primarily consist of fixed rate and indexed annuities, and supplementary contracts. The Life Insurance segment offers whole life, term life, and universal life policies.

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