Houlihan Lokey (HLI) Receives Daily Coverage Optimism Score of 0.11

Press coverage about Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Houlihan Lokey earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4221358587302 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

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HLI has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Houlihan Lokey in a report on Friday, December 22nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Houlihan Lokey from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 26th. Finally, Bank of America raised their price objective on shares of Houlihan Lokey from $50.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.50.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE HLI) opened at $45.49 on Friday. Houlihan Lokey has a 1-year low of $32.00 and a 1-year high of $52.81. The company has a market cap of $3,131.23, a PE ratio of 17.98, a PEG ratio of 1.14 and a beta of 0.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.77, a quick ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.

Houlihan Lokey (NYSE:HLI) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 29th. The financial services provider reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.61 by $0.08. Houlihan Lokey had a net margin of 17.25% and a return on equity of 20.03%. The firm had revenue of $258.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $240.98 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.57 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Houlihan Lokey will post 2.32 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 15th. Investors of record on Friday, March 2nd were issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.76%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 1st. Houlihan Lokey’s dividend payout ratio is currently 31.62%.

In related news, General Counsel Christopher M. Crain sold 4,599 shares of Houlihan Lokey stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.75, for a total transaction of $215,003.25. Following the completion of the transaction, the general counsel now directly owns 4,599 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $215,003.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Scott L. Beiser sold 14,434 shares of Houlihan Lokey stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $46.75, for a total transaction of $674,789.50. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 14,434 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $674,789.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 76,042 shares of company stock valued at $3,554,964 over the last three months. 69.70% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Houlihan Lokey

Houlihan Lokey, Inc, an investment banking company, provides mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financings, financial restructurings, and financial advisory services in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Its Corporate Finance segment offers general financial advisory services on M&A and capital markets offerings; advises public and private institutions on buy-side and sell-side transactions, leveraged loans, private mezzanine debt, high-yield debt, initial public offerings, follow-ons, convertibles, equity private placements, private equity, and liability management transactions; and advises financial sponsors on various transactions.

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