Amerisafe (AMSF) Received Media Effect Score of -0.12

Amerisafe (AMSF) Received Media Effect Score of -0.12

News stories about Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) have trended somewhat negative this week, AlphaOne reports. The research firm, a division of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. AlphaOne ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Amerisafe earned a news impact score of -0.12 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also gave news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 0 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted AlphaOne Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of Amerisafe (AMSF) opened at 53.75 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $56.49 and its 200 day moving average is $62.09. Amerisafe has a 12 month low of $51.20 and a 12 month high of $69.40. The firm has a market cap of $1.03 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.44 and a beta of 0.66.

Amerisafe (NASDAQ:AMSF) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, April 26th. The insurance provider reported $0.71 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.19. Amerisafe had a net margin of 20.47% and a return on equity of 16.76%. The business had revenue of $97.72 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $97.61 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.27 earnings per share. Amerisafe’s quarterly revenue was down 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts expect that Amerisafe will post $3.15 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 23rd. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, June 7th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.49%. Amerisafe’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 16.82%.

Several analysts have recently commented on the stock. FBR & Co reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Amerisafe in a research report on Thursday, February 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Amerisafe from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th.

In related news, CEO G. Janelle Frost sold 823 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, March 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.10, for a total value of $52,754.30. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 54,783 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,511,590.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Jared A. Morris purchased 2,500 shares of Amerisafe stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $50.82 per share, for a total transaction of $127,050.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 12,390 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $629,659.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have bought 6,054 shares of company stock worth $311,443 over the last three months. Insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

About Amerisafe

Amerisafe, Inc is an insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in providing workers’ compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, and agriculture. It is engaged in underwriting the workers’ compensation exposures inherent in these industries.new TradingView.widget({ “height”: 400, “width”: 625, “symbol”: “NASDAQ:AMSF”, “interval”: “D”, “timezone”: “Etc/UTC”, “theme”: “White”, “style”: “1”, “locale”: “en”, “toolbar_bg”: “#f1f3f6”, “enable_publishing”: false, “hideideas”: true, “referral_id”: “2588”});

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