News coverage about AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. AMERISAFE earned a news impact score of 0.21 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.9525315237775 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

AMERISAFE (AMSF) opened at 56.55 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $56.70 and a 200-day moving average price of $59.55. The stock has a market cap of $1.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.49 and a beta of 0.87. AMERISAFE has a 12 month low of $51.20 and a 12 month high of $69.40.

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The insurance provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $89.93 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $92.33 million. AMERISAFE had a return on equity of 14.04% and a net margin of 17.17%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.85 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that AMERISAFE will post $3.13 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 22nd. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.41%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 7th. AMERISAFE’s dividend payout ratio is presently 23.32%.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on AMSF. BidaskClub lowered AMERISAFE from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research raised AMERISAFE from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, FBR & Co reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $64.00 target price (down previously from $71.00) on shares of AMERISAFE in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th.

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In other AMERISAFE news, Director Philip A. Garcia purchased 1,554 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 31st. The stock was acquired at an average price of $51.54 per share, with a total value of $80,093.16. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 9,558 shares in the company, valued at $492,619.32. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director Jared A. Morris purchased 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $50.82 per share, with a total value of $127,050.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 12,390 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $629,659.80. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders acquired 6,054 shares of company stock valued at $311,443. Corporate insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

AMERISAFE Company Profile

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.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF)

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