Headlines about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a coverage optimism score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.1360091475684 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on HLI. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Bank of America lifted their price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $40.00 to $44.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. UBS lifted their price target on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $44.00 to $47.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Houlihan Lokey presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $42.33.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) traded up $0.87 on Monday, hitting $44.84. 155,461 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 247,566. The company has a market cap of $2,900.00 and a P/E ratio of 19.81. Houlihan Lokey has a one year low of $29.38 and a one year high of $45.12. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02, a current ratio of 0.92 and a quick ratio of 0.92.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The financial services provider reported $0.56 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.15. Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 14.58% and a return on equity of 19.71%. The business had revenue of $242.20 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $207.72 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.37 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 29.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts expect that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.1 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be paid a $0.20 dividend. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.78%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 1st. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio is currently 37.91%.

In other news, major shareholder Orix Hlhz Holding Llc sold 1,750,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.63, for a total transaction of $72,852,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, General Counsel Christopher M. Crain sold 4,014 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $41.63, for a total transaction of $167,102.82. Following the sale, the general counsel now owns 6,063 shares in the company, valued at approximately $252,402.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 2,807,387 shares of company stock valued at $113,183,620. Company insiders own 69.70% of the company’s stock.

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About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, Inc is a global independent investment bank that focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets, financial restructuring, valuation, and strategic consulting. The Company operates through four segments: Corporate Finance, Financial Restructuring, Financial Advisory Services and Strategic Consulting.

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