News headlines about James River Group (NASDAQ:JRVR) have trended positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern scores the sentiment of press 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 one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. James River Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.28 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 45.7918826189364 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on JRVR. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of James River Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. JMP Securities began coverage on shares of James River Group in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $47.00 target price for the company. B. Riley reissued a “buy” rating on shares of James River Group in a report on Monday, November 6th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $42.00 target price on shares of James River Group in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of James River Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. James River Group currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.00.

James River Group (JRVR) opened at $36.13 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $1,069.87, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.85 and a beta of 0.50. James River Group has a fifty-two week low of $35.52 and a fifty-two week high of $46.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.12, a current ratio of 0.25 and a quick ratio of 0.25.

James River Group (NASDAQ:JRVR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The insurance provider reported $0.36 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.33 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $220.87 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $198.67 million. James River Group had a return on equity of 9.36% and a net margin of 8.98%. James River Group’s revenue was up 45.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.72 earnings per share. research analysts predict that James River Group will post 2.18 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were given a $0.80 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. This is an increase from James River Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. This represents a $3.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.86%. James River Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 140.35%.

In related news, Director Bryan Martin sold 450,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.10, for a total value of $17,145,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director David Zwillinger sold 2,600,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.10, for a total value of $99,060,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 3,450,000 shares of company stock valued at $131,445,000. 41.00% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About James River Group

James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (JRG Holdings) is an insurance and reinsurance holding company. The Company operates through four segments: Excess and Surplus Lines, Specialty Admitted Insurance, Casualty Reinsurance, and Corporate and Other. The Excess and Surplus Lines segment offers commercial excess and surplus lines liability and excess property insurance products.

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