Spartan Motors (SPAR) Getting Somewhat Critical News Coverage, Study Shows

Media headlines about Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) have been trending somewhat negative on Monday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Spartan Motors earned a media sentiment score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 47.1492432592771 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Spartan Motors (SPAR) traded up $0.20 during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting $16.15. The stock had a trading volume of 314,900 shares, compared to its average volume of 226,742. The company has a market capitalization of $566.92, a P/E ratio of 44.86, a P/E/G ratio of 2.65 and a beta of 1.21. Spartan Motors has a 12 month low of $6.30 and a 12 month high of $17.20. The company has a current ratio of 1.70, a quick ratio of 0.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14.

Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $0.21 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.24 by ($0.03). The firm had revenue of $189.22 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $185.30 million. Spartan Motors had a return on equity of 8.04% and a net margin of 2.15%. The company’s revenue was up 27.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.10 EPS. analysts predict that Spartan Motors will post 0.41 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a Semi-Annual dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a yield of 0.65%. Spartan Motors’s dividend payout ratio is presently 24.39%.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Roth Capital lifted their price objective on Spartan Motors from $12.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. ValuEngine downgraded Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Spartan Motors from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. TheStreet downgraded Spartan Motors from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 24th. Finally, Sidoti started coverage on Spartan Motors in a research report on Friday. They set a “buy” rating for the company. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $17.00.

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Spartan Motors Company Profile

Spartan Motors, Inc is an engineer and manufacturer in the heavy-duty, custom vehicles marketplace. The Company operates through three segments: Emergency Response Vehicles, Delivery and Service Vehicles, and Specialty Chassis and Vehicles. The Company’s Emergency Response Vehicles segment engineers and manufactures emergency response chassis, emergency response bodies and aerial equipment.

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