Surgery Partners (SGRY) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Report Shows

Press coverage about Surgery Partners (NASDAQ:SGRY) has trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative media 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 positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Surgery Partners earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.7698355134408 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

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SGRY has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. BidaskClub upgraded Surgery Partners from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Surgery Partners from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 13th. Jefferies Group set a $18.00 price objective on Surgery Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 1st. ValuEngine lowered Surgery Partners from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Sunday, December 31st. Finally, Benchmark set a $19.00 price objective on Surgery Partners and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 30th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $18.57.

Shares of Surgery Partners stock opened at $17.70 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.71, a current ratio of 1.86 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.59. Surgery Partners has a twelve month low of $7.10 and a twelve month high of $24.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $862.86, a P/E ratio of -21.07 and a beta of 1.82.

Surgery Partners (NASDAQ:SGRY) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The company reported ($0.03) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.08 by ($0.11). Surgery Partners had a negative net margin of 4.54% and a negative return on equity of 0.53%. The business had revenue of $460.30 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $438.30 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.35 EPS. Surgery Partners’s revenue for the quarter was up 50.4% on a year-over-year basis. analysts forecast that Surgery Partners will post -0.31 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Surgery Partners declared that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Friday, December 15th that allows the company to repurchase $50.00 million in shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

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Surgery Partners Company Profile

Surgery Partners, Inc is healthcare services holding company, which engages in the provision of solutions for surgical and related ancillary care in support of its patients and physicians. It operates through the following business segments: Surgical Facility Services; Ancillary Services; and Optical Services.

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