Heartland Financial USA (HTLF) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media stories about Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern scores the sentiment of press 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 one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Heartland Financial USA earned a media sentiment score of 0.18 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the bank an impact score of 46.8176343488433 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

A number of analysts have issued reports on HTLF shares. ValuEngine raised Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $58.00 price target on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. B. Riley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Heartland Financial USA in a report on Wednesday, December 13th. BidaskClub upgraded Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Heartland Financial USA from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $61.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Heartland Financial USA has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $57.00.

Shares of Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) opened at $53.60 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.78, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31. Heartland Financial USA has a 52-week low of $42.10 and a 52-week high of $56.40. The company has a market capitalization of $1,605.48, a PE ratio of 20.15, a PEG ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.75.

Heartland Financial USA (NASDAQ:HTLF) last posted its earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.80 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80. Heartland Financial USA had a return on equity of 10.02% and a net margin of 16.16%. The business had revenue of $118.38 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $116.31 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.74 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Heartland Financial USA will post 3.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be given a dividend of $0.13 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.97%. This is a boost from Heartland Financial USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.11. Heartland Financial USA’s payout ratio is 19.55%.

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Heartland Financial USA Company Profile

Heartland Financial USA, Inc (Heartland) is a diversified financial services company engaged in providing banking, mortgage, private client, investment, treasury management, card services, insurance, and consumer finance services to individuals and businesses. Its segments include community and other banking, and retail mortgage banking.

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