Media coverage about Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) has been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Graphic Packaging earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.1198517587221 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:
Graphic Packaging stock opened at $16.08 on Thursday. Graphic Packaging has a 1 year low of $12.65 and a 1 year high of $16.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.71, a current ratio of 1.37 and a quick ratio of 0.63. The company has a market capitalization of $4,927.58, a PE ratio of 25.52, a PEG ratio of 3.65 and a beta of 1.15.
Graphic Packaging (NYSE:GPK) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 6th. The industrial products company reported $0.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.19 by ($0.02). Graphic Packaging had a net margin of 6.82% and a return on equity of 17.09%. The firm had revenue of $1.11 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.11 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.14 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Graphic Packaging will post 0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, April 5th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, March 15th were given a dividend of $0.075 per share. This represents a $0.30 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, March 14th. Graphic Packaging’s dividend payout ratio is presently 47.62%.
GPK has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Graphic Packaging from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 16th. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price objective on Graphic Packaging from $18.00 to $17.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 7th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $19.00 price objective on shares of Graphic Packaging in a research note on Thursday, February 1st. ValuEngine raised Graphic Packaging from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 3rd. Finally, Citigroup lowered their price objective on Graphic Packaging from $19.00 to $18.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $17.31.
In other Graphic Packaging news, SVP Joseph P. Yost sold 50,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total transaction of $750,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 306,926 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,603,890. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Joseph P. Yost sold 15,137 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.60, for a total transaction of $236,137.20. Following the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 343,472 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,358,163.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 215,137 shares of company stock valued at $3,311,137 in the last three months. Insiders own 0.62% of the company’s stock.
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About Graphic Packaging
Graphic Packaging Holding Company is a provider of paper-based packaging solutions for a range of products to food, beverage and other consumer product companies. The Company’s segments include Paperboard Mills, Americas Paperboard Packaging, Europe Paperboard Packaging, and Corporate and Other. The Paperboard Mills segment includes the Company’s North American paperboard mills, which produce primarily coated unbleached kraft and coated recycled board.
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