Escalade (ESCA) Getting Somewhat Positive Media Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Escalade earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 45.2455978718516 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.

A number of research firms have weighed in on ESCA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Escalade from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, November 22nd. Aegis reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of Escalade in a research note on Monday, September 25th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $16.00.

Escalade (NASDAQ ESCA) traded down $0.50 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $12.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 4,600 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,950. The stock has a market cap of $183.94, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.03, a P/E/G ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 0.09. Escalade has a twelve month low of $11.31 and a twelve month high of $14.38. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 3.76 and a quick ratio of 1.84.

Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $41.89 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $40.40 million. Escalade had a return on equity of 9.72% and a net margin of 5.89%. sell-side analysts expect that Escalade will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 11th were paid a dividend of $0.115 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, December 8th. This represents a $0.46 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.59%. Escalade’s payout ratio is currently 64.79%.

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Escalade Company Profile

Escalade, Incorporated (Escalade) is a manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods through its subsidiary Escalade Sports. The Company operates in Sporting Goods (Escalade Sports) segment. Escalade Sports manufactures, imports and distributes sporting goods brands in basketball goals, archery, indoor and outdoor game recreation and fitness products through sporting goods retailers, specialty dealers, key online retailers, traditional department stores and mass merchants.

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