Press coverage about MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MidSouth Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the bank an impact score of 46.8434842392835 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.
Several analysts have recently commented on MSL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised MidSouth Bancorp from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, April 28th. ValuEngine raised MidSouth Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Sunday, April 8th. Finally, FIG Partners raised MidSouth Bancorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, April 2nd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $14.60.
Shares of MidSouth Bancorp traded down $0.05, hitting $13.55, during midday trading on Friday, Marketbeat.com reports. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 55,968 shares, compared to its average volume of 22,315. The stock has a market cap of $224.98 million, a PE ratio of -50.19 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a quick ratio of 0.84, a current ratio of 0.84 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05. MidSouth Bancorp has a 1-year low of $11.05 and a 1-year high of $15.40.
MidSouth Bancorp (NYSE:MSL) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 26th. The bank reported $0.21 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.29. MidSouth Bancorp had a positive return on equity of 0.40% and a negative net margin of 13.67%. The business had revenue of $22.20 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.49 million. analysts expect that MidSouth Bancorp will post 0.16 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, June 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.01 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 14th. This represents a $0.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.30%. MidSouth Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is -14.81%.
About MidSouth Bancorp
MidSouth Bancorp, Inc, a bank holding company, through its subsidiary MidSouth Bank, N.A., provides various community banking products and services to commercial and retail customers in the United States. The company offers various deposit products, including interest-bearing and noninterest-bearing checking accounts, money market, savings accounts, investment accounts, and NOW account deposits, as well as time deposits, such as certificates of deposits; and commercial and industrial, commercial real estate, and consumer loans, as well as other loans secured by real estate.
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