Horace Mann Educators (HMN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Finds

Press coverage about Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) has been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Horace Mann Educators earned a news impact score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the insurance provider an impact score of 44.9377074031255 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Several analysts have weighed in on HMN shares. ValuEngine raised Horace Mann Educators from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, March 8th. Zacks Investment Research cut Horace Mann Educators from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Horace Mann Educators in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.50.

Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) opened at $44.45 on Tuesday. Horace Mann Educators has a 1-year low of $33.85 and a 1-year high of $47.65. The stock has a market cap of $1,814.72, a P/E ratio of 10.95 and a beta of 0.99. The company has a current ratio of 0.08, a quick ratio of 0.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.20.

Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The insurance provider reported $0.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.09. Horace Mann Educators had a net margin of 14.46% and a return on equity of 5.17%. The firm had revenue of $303.00 million during the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.52 earnings per share. Horace Mann Educators’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.1% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Horace Mann Educators will post 2.3 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Stockholders of record on Monday, March 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.285 per share. This represents a $1.14 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.56%. This is a positive change from Horace Mann Educators’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.28. The ex-dividend date is Friday, March 16th. Horace Mann Educators’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.09%.

In other news, CFO Bret A. Conklin sold 2,938 shares of Horace Mann Educators stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.81, for a total transaction of $125,775.78. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 2.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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About Horace Mann Educators

Horace Mann Educators Corporation (HMEC) is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, HMEC markets and underwrites personal lines of property and casualty (primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners) insurance, retirement annuities (primarily tax-qualified products) and life insurance in the United States.

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