Civitas Solutions (CIVI) Receiving Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

Media stories about Civitas Solutions (NYSE:CIVI) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty 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. Civitas Solutions earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the company an impact score of 44.9925918998785 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Shares of NYSE:CIVI traded up $0.05 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $15.20. 18,239 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 166,124. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.99, a quick ratio of 1.26 and a current ratio of 1.26. The company has a market cap of $563.20, a PE ratio of 21.48, a PEG ratio of 1.77 and a beta of 0.55. Civitas Solutions has a one year low of $11.15 and a one year high of $19.90.

Civitas Solutions (NYSE:CIVI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.29 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.17. The business had revenue of $395.42 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $390.05 million. Civitas Solutions had a return on equity of 19.77% and a net margin of 0.76%. research analysts predict that Civitas Solutions will post 0.85 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Civitas Solutions declared that its board has initiated a share buyback program on Thursday, February 8th that permits the company to buyback $25.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on the company. Bank of America dropped their price target on Civitas Solutions from $23.00 to $19.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 9th. Raymond James Financial raised Civitas Solutions from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. SunTrust Banks set a $21.00 price target on Civitas Solutions and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised Civitas Solutions from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, Citigroup raised Civitas Solutions to an “outperform” rating and set a $21.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. Civitas Solutions currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.00.

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About Civitas Solutions

Civitas Solutions, Inc provides home- and community-based health and human services to must-serve individuals with intellectual, developmental, behavioral, and/or medically complex disabilities and challenges in the United States. It operates through Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), Post-Acute Specialty Rehabilitation Services (SRS), and At-Risk Youth (ARY) segments.

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