Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Marlin Business Services (MRLN) Stock Price

Press coverage about Marlin Business Services (NASDAQ:MRLN) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing 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 one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Marlin Business Services earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4432437787363 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Shares of MRLN stock opened at $28.10 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $349.38, a P/E ratio of 13.98 and a beta of 1.05. Marlin Business Services has a fifty-two week low of $20.26 and a fifty-two week high of $29.95.

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Marlin Business Services (NASDAQ:MRLN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The financial services provider reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.16. The company had revenue of $23.58 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $24.00 million. Marlin Business Services had a net margin of 22.74% and a return on equity of 11.22%. research analysts expect that Marlin Business Services will post 2.03 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 12th were issued a dividend of $0.14 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 9th. This represents a $0.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.99%. Marlin Business Services’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 27.86%.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on MRLN shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Marlin Business Services from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods started coverage on shares of Marlin Business Services in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $26.00 price objective on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Marlin Business Services from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Marlin Business Services from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, February 14th.

In other Marlin Business Services news, General Counsel Edward Ralph Jr. Dietz sold 1,010 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.18, for a total transaction of $27,451.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 6.94% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Marlin Business Services

Marlin Business Services Corp. is a bank holding company and a financial holding company. The Company is a provider of credit products and services to small businesses. The Company provides products and services to its customers, which include loans and leases for the acquisition of commercial equipment, working capital loans, and insurance products.

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