Houlihan Lokey (HLI) Receives Coverage Optimism Score of 0.11

Media coverage about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) has been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a news impact score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 47.1390710641245 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE HLI) opened at $48.38 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $3,190.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.77. Houlihan Lokey has a 12 month low of $31.88 and a 12 month high of $52.81.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The financial services provider reported $0.69 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.08. The business had revenue of $258.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $240.98 million. Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 17.25% and a return on equity of 20.03%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.57 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.32 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 2nd will be paid a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 1st. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.65%. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 35.09%.

HLI has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Houlihan Lokey from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Bank of America boosted their target price on Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.50.

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Houlihan Lokey Company Profile

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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