Hilltop (HTH) Earns Media Sentiment Rating of 0.20

Media stories about Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hilltop earned a media sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.7927215159626 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) opened at $25.60 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03. Hilltop has a 12-month low of $21.47 and a 12-month high of $28.86. The firm has a market cap of $2,457.29, a PE ratio of 18.96 and a beta of 1.12.

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 25th. The financial services provider reported $0.44 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.02. Hilltop had a net margin of 7.74% and a return on equity of 8.46%. The business had revenue of $399.15 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $390.05 million. analysts anticipate that Hilltop will post 2.01 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th were given a dividend of $0.07 per share. This is a positive change from Hilltop’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.06. This represents a $0.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.09%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, February 14th. Hilltop’s payout ratio is 20.74%.

Hilltop declared that its board has approved a share buyback plan on Thursday, January 25th that permits the company to repurchase $50.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization permits the financial services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on HTH. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Hilltop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Stephens lowered shares of Hilltop from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Monday, January 29th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Hilltop from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $30.00 target price on shares of Hilltop in a research report on Sunday, January 28th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.50.

In other news, Director Gerald J. Ford purchased 10,000 shares of Hilltop stock in a transaction on Friday, December 22nd. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $25.08 per share, for a total transaction of $250,800.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 22.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Hilltop Company Profile

Hilltop Holdings Inc is a financial holding Company. The Company provides business and consumer banking services from offices located throughout Texas through PlainsCapital Bank (the Bank). It has three operating business units, which include PlainsCapital Corporation (PCC) (banking and mortgage origination), Hilltop Securities Holdings LLC (Securities Holdings) (broker-dealer) and PlainsCapital Company (NLC) (insurance).

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