News headlines about Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Carriage Services earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the company an impact score of 45.9658934396143 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Carriage Services (NYSE CSV) opened at $25.75 on Friday. Carriage Services has a twelve month low of $23.15 and a twelve month high of $29.11. The firm has a market capitalization of $416.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.25, a P/E/G ratio of 1.24 and a beta of 0.95. The company has a current ratio of 0.70, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.86.

Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.25 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.37 by ($0.12). The business had revenue of $61.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $62.86 million. Carriage Services had a net margin of 7.29% and a return on equity of 13.54%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.43 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Carriage Services will post 1.39 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th were paid a $0.075 dividend. This is a boost from Carriage Services’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.05. This represents a $0.30 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.17%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 10th. Carriage Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 29.41%.

Carriage Services announced that its board has approved a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, October 25th that permits the company to repurchase $15.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization permits the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are often a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research raised Carriage Services from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 26th.

In related news, Director James Raymond Schenck purchased 1,000 shares of Carriage Services stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $25.52 per share, for a total transaction of $25,520.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 5,061 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $129,156.72. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, COO Mark R. Bruce sold 3,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.40, for a total value of $79,200.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 4,241 shares of company stock valued at $111,354 over the last three months. Insiders own 13.40% of the company’s stock.

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About Carriage Services

Carriage Services, Inc is a provider of death care services and merchandise in the United States. The Company operates in two business segments: Funeral Home Operations and Cemetery Operations. The Funeral Homes segment provides funeral services (traditional burial and cremation) and sells related merchandise, such as caskets and urns.

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