Banco Santander-Chile (BSAC) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.13

Media headlines about Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Banco Santander-Chile earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the bank an impact score of 47.0439872035798 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of NYSE:BSAC traded down $0.21 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $34.02. 246,128 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 343,304. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 1.75 and a current ratio of 1.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $16,460.76, a P/E ratio of 17.54, a PEG ratio of 1.42 and a beta of 0.73. Banco Santander-Chile has a 1 year low of $23.16 and a 1 year high of $35.09.

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Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The bank reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $729.84 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $449.44 million. Banco Santander-Chile had a net margin of 20.98% and a return on equity of 17.85%. research analysts forecast that Banco Santander-Chile will post 2.05 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced an annual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 19th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, April 19th will be issued a dividend of $0.956 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, April 18th. This is a positive change from Banco Santander-Chile’s previous annual dividend of $0.69. This represents a yield of 2.79%. Banco Santander-Chile’s dividend payout ratio is 43.81%.

A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Banco Santander-Chile from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, March 13th. ValuEngine raised shares of Banco Santander-Chile from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank cut shares of Banco Santander-Chile to a “sell” rating and set a $32.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $29.60.

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Banco Santander-Chile Company Profile

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking products and services in Chile. It operates through Retail Banking, Middle-market, and Global Corporate Banking segments. The company offers checking accounts and savings products; consumer, auto, commercial, mortgage, and government-guaranteed loans; credit and debit cards; and Chilean peso and foreign currency denominated loans to finance various commercial transactions, trade, foreign currency forward contracts, and credit lines.

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