News articles about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative press 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 negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a news impact score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 48.1122833485153 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Several research analysts recently commented on the company. JMP Securities boosted their price target on Houlihan Lokey from $55.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “market outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut Houlihan Lokey from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. Bank of America boosted their price target on Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th. Sandler O’Neill reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $52.13.

Shares of NYSE HLI opened at $47.32 on Friday. Houlihan Lokey has a 52-week low of $35.15 and a 52-week high of $53.20. The company has a market cap of $3.14 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.80, a PEG ratio of 1.15 and a beta of 0.52. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a quick ratio of 0.92 and a current ratio of 0.92.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by ($0.05). Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 16.85% and a return on equity of 19.74%. The firm had revenue of $220.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $230.85 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.50 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts predict that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.75 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Monday, September 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.27 per share. This represents a $1.08 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.28%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 30th. Houlihan Lokey’s payout ratio is currently 45.19%.

In other Houlihan Lokey news, major shareholder Orix Hlhz Holding Llc sold 2,682,983 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.11, for a total transaction of $131,761,295.13. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, General Counsel Christopher M. Crain sold 655 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.11, for a total value of $32,167.05. Following the sale, the general counsel now owns 655 shares in the company, valued at approximately $32,167.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 3,553,708 shares of company stock worth $173,934,011 in the last 90 days. 80.50% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Houlihan Lokey Company Profile

Houlihan Lokey, Inc, an investment banking company, provides merger and acquisition (M&A), financing, financial restructuring, and financial advisory services worldwide. It operates in three segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, and Financial Advisory Services. The Corporate Finance segment offers general financial advisory services; and advises public and private institutions on buy-side and sell-side transactions, leveraged loans, private mezzanine debt, high-yield debt, initial public offerings, follow-ons, convertibles, equity private placements, private equity, and liability management transactions, as well as financial sponsors on various transactions.

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