SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS) Getting Somewhat Negative News Coverage, Report Shows

News headlines about SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Alpha One Sentiment. The research firm, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Alpha One ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. SeaWorld Entertainment earned a news impact score of -0.13 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media headlines about the company an impact score of 78 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Alpha One Sentiment’s scoring:

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 1st. Janney Montgomery Scott restated a “buy” rating on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research note on Tuesday, February 21st. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $24.00 price target on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research note on Tuesday, February 21st. FBR & Co restated a “buy” rating on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research note on Wednesday, February 22nd. Finally, Citigroup Inc downgraded SeaWorld Entertainment from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $19.00 to $15.00 in a research report on Friday, March 17th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.78.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 9th. The company reported ($0.66) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.53) by $0.13. The company had revenue of $186.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $205.59 million. SeaWorld Entertainment had a positive return on equity of 6.17% and a negative net margin of 0.87%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned ($0.56) EPS.

In other news, major shareholder Hill Path Capital Partners Lp acquired 200,800 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $18.81 per share, for a total transaction of $3,777,048.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, major shareholder Delaware L.P. Sw sold 19,452,063 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, May 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23.00, for a total transaction of $447,397,449.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 3.40% of the company’s stock.

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SeaWorld Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc is a theme park and entertainment company. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States.

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