Saul Centers (BFS) Getting Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Study Shows

Headlines about Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Saul Centers earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 47.412145352245 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Saul Centers stock opened at $47.64 on Monday. The company has a current ratio of 2.30, a quick ratio of 2.30 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.17. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.05 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.98, a PEG ratio of 3.02 and a beta of 0.66. Saul Centers has a 1 year low of $46.71 and a 1 year high of $65.43.

Saul Centers (NYSE:BFS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.38 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by ($0.39). The business had revenue of $56.68 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $55.50 million. Saul Centers had a return on equity of 22.47% and a net margin of 20.92%. analysts expect that Saul Centers will post 3.16 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, April 16th were paid a dividend of $0.52 per share. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.37%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, April 13th. Saul Centers’s payout ratio is 65.41%.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on BFS shares. DA Davidson set a $55.00 target price on shares of Saul Centers and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, March 5th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Saul Centers from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 23rd. B. Riley set a $54.00 price target on shares of Saul Centers and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 10th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Saul Centers from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 2nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $54.50.

About Saul Centers

Saul Centers is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Saul Centers currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio comprised of 58 properties which includes (a) 55 community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-use properties with approximately 9.2 million square feet of leasable area and (b) three land and development properties.

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