News stories about Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) have been trending somewhat positive on Sunday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog 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. Vail Resorts earned a media sentiment score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.3059502686458 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- Scopus Asset Management LP Has Decreased Vail Resorts (MTN) Holding; Twenty-first Century Fox Has 0.86 Sentiment (mtastar.com)
- Utah resorts made do, out-of-state guests came through, to salvage a low-snow ski season (sltrib.com)
- Vail Resorts (MTN) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Strong-Buy” (americanbankingnews.com)
- Let’s find an uphill compromise at Vail Mountain to allow travel with dogs (letter) (vaildaily.com)
- Solving the parking problem at ski resorts (9news.com)
Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Vail Resorts from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. Deutsche Bank reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $265.00 target price on shares of Vail Resorts in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Finally, MKM Partners lowered their target price on shares of Vail Resorts to $252.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $250.67.
Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, March 8th. The company reported $4.12 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.55 by $0.57. The company had revenue of $734.58 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $716.72 million. Vail Resorts had a net margin of 16.91% and a return on equity of 13.17%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $3.63 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Vail Resorts will post 8.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, April 11th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 27th will be issued a $1.47 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 26th. This represents a $5.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.63%. This is an increase from Vail Resorts’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.05. Vail Resorts’s dividend payout ratio is currently 112.64%.
In related news, CFO Michael Z. Barkin sold 2,695 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $222.45, for a total transaction of $599,502.75. Following the completion of the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 18,058 shares in the company, valued at $4,017,002.10. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, SVP Ryan H. Siurek sold 322 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $221.25, for a total transaction of $71,242.50. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 520 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $115,050. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 3.30% of the company’s stock.
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About Vail Resorts
Vail Resorts, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. The company operates through three segments: Mountain, Lodging, and Real Estate. The Mountain segment operates 11 mountain resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Keystone resorts in Colorado; Park City Mountain resort in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Stowe Mountain resort in Northern Vermont; and Perisher in Australia, as well as three urban ski areas, such as Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin, Afton Alps in Minnesota, and Mount Brighton in Michigan.
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