Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.16

Media stories about Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Investar Holding Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5087076665004 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research cut Investar Holding Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 9th.

Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ ISTR) remained flat at $22.75 during mid-day trading on Tuesday. 72 shares of the company traded hands. Investar Holding Corporation has a 12-month low of $15.00 and a 12-month high of $23.75. The firm has a market capitalization of $197.58 million, a PE ratio of 22.41 and a beta of 0.32. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $22.89 and its 200-day moving average price is $21.74.

Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The financial services provider reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.23 by $0.01. Investar Holding Corporation had a return on equity of 6.25% and a net margin of 15.78%. The business had revenue of $10.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.82 million. Analysts anticipate that Investar Holding Corporation will post $1.15 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, July 31st. Investors of record on Wednesday, July 5th were issued a $0.022 dividend. This represents a $0.09 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.39%. This is a positive change from Investar Holding Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.02. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, June 30th. Investar Holding Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is 8.74%.

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Investar Holding Corporation Company Profile

Investar Holding Corporation is financial holding company that conducts its operations through, Investar Bank (the Bank), which is a commercial bank. The Company offers a range of commercial and retail lending products throughout its market areas, including business loans to small to medium-sized businesses, as well as loans to individuals.

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