News stories about Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ:BSRR) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing 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. Sierra Bancorp earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.9795532473984 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) opened at $27.22 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $392.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.21, a P/E/G ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 0.80. The company has a quick ratio of 0.76, a current ratio of 0.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.16. Sierra Bancorp has a twelve month low of $22.24 and a twelve month high of $29.50.

Sierra Bancorp (NASDAQ:BSRR) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $24.35 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.90 million. Sierra Bancorp had a return on equity of 9.87% and a net margin of 21.59%. equities analysts expect that Sierra Bancorp will post 1.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 16th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 2nd were issued a $0.14 dividend. This represents a $0.56 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.06%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 1st. Sierra Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 37.33%.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub upgraded Sierra Bancorp from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine lowered Sierra Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday. Zacks Investment Research raised Sierra Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $29.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, September 25th. Finally, DA Davidson lowered Sierra Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $28.15.

In other Sierra Bancorp news, Director Robb Evans bought 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 30th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $26.00 per share, with a total value of $26,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 16,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $416,000. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 20.77% of the company’s stock.

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Sierra Bancorp Company Profile

Sierra Bancorp is a bank holding company for Bank of the Sierra (the Bank). The Bank is a state-chartered bank, which offers a range of retail and commercial banking services. The Bank’s products and services are related to the business of lending money and accepting deposits. Its customers have access to electronic point-of-sale payment alternatives around the country through the Pulse Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) network.

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