Bancorpsouth Bank (BXS) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Press coverage about Bancorpsouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) has trended somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Bancorpsouth Bank earned a media sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the bank an impact score of 45.5757040904331 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

NYSE BXS opened at $34.65 on Friday. Bancorpsouth Bank has a 12 month low of $27.50 and a 12 month high of $35.55. The company has a market cap of $3.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.75 and a beta of 1.40. The company has a current ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.85 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.02.

Bancorpsouth Bank (NYSE:BXS) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 18th. The bank reported $0.56 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.55 by $0.01. Bancorpsouth Bank had a net margin of 21.59% and a return on equity of 9.90%. The company had revenue of $214.58 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $214.20 million. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.42 EPS. analysts expect that Bancorpsouth Bank will post 2.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.17 per share. This is a boost from Bancorpsouth Bank’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.14. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 13th. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.96%. Bancorpsouth Bank’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.53%.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Brean Capital reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Bancorpsouth Bank in a report on Monday, July 30th. Stephens restated a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 target price on shares of Bancorpsouth Bank in a research note on Monday, August 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Bancorpsouth Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, May 28th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Bancorpsouth Bank from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, May 12th. Eight analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.57.

About Bancorpsouth Bank

BancorpSouth Bank provides commercial banking and financial services to individuals and small-to-medium size businesses. It offers various deposit products, including interest and noninterest bearing demand deposits, and saving and other time deposits. The company also provides commercial loans, including term loans, lines of credit, equipment and receivable financing, and agricultural loans; a range of short-to-medium term secured and unsecured commercial loans to businesses for working capital, business expansion, and the purchase of equipment and machinery; and construction loans to real estate developers for the acquisition, development, and construction of residential subdivisions.

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