Media stories about Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Booz Allen Hamilton earned a news sentiment score of 0.19 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 45.1063582331909 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on BAH shares. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton in a report on Tuesday, January 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Booz Allen Hamilton from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 8th. SunTrust Banks started coverage on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton in a report on Friday, December 1st. They set a “buy” rating and a $47.00 price target for the company. Finally, Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Booz Allen Hamilton in a report on Monday, February 5th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Booz Allen Hamilton currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $41.32.
Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE BAH) traded down $0.08 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $38.97. 223,790 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 914,106. Booz Allen Hamilton has a 52-week low of $31.06 and a 52-week high of $40.25. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,690.81, a P/E ratio of 20.42, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.97 and a beta of 1.29. The company has a current ratio of 1.49, a quick ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.14.
Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) last released its earnings results on Monday, February 5th. The business services provider reported $0.48 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.43 by $0.05. Booz Allen Hamilton had a net margin of 4.68% and a return on equity of 50.81%. The firm had revenue of $1.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.52 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.38 earnings per share. Booz Allen Hamilton’s revenue was up 6.8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Booz Allen Hamilton will post 1.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, February 28th. Investors of record on Wednesday, February 14th were issued a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.95%. This is an increase from Booz Allen Hamilton’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.17. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, February 13th. Booz Allen Hamilton’s payout ratio is presently 39.79%.
In other Booz Allen Hamilton news, Director Melody C. Barnes sold 1,018 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, March 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $39.30, for a total transaction of $40,007.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CFO Lloyd Howell, Jr. sold 22,624 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $40.25, for a total transaction of $910,616.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 153,131 shares of company stock valued at $6,116,525. 3.04% of the stock is owned by insiders.
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About Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation is a holding company. The Company is a provider of management and technology, consulting and engineering services to the United States and international governments, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. The Company’s client base includes government, commercial and international clients.
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