Press coverage about Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) has trended somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Horace Mann Educators earned a coverage optimism score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the insurance provider an impact score of 46.1952814982167 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Shares of Horace Mann Educators (NYSE HMN) opened at $44.10 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $1,797.49, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.64 and a beta of 1.17. Horace Mann Educators has a 52 week low of $33.85 and a 52 week high of $47.65. The company has a quick ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 0.09 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18.

Horace Mann Educators (NYSE:HMN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The insurance provider reported $0.69 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.47. Horace Mann Educators had a net margin of 5.56% and a return on equity of 4.94%. The firm had revenue of $289.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $293.10 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.58 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .5% compared to the same quarter last year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Monday, December 18th were issued a dividend of $0.275 per share. This represents a $1.10 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.49%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 15th. Horace Mann Educators’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 71.43%.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on HMN. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Horace Mann Educators from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday. TheStreet upgraded shares of Horace Mann Educators from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 27th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Horace Mann Educators in a research note on Wednesday, December 6th.

In related news, Director Robert Stricker sold 3,829 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $45.75, for a total transaction of $175,176.75. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 2.10% of the company’s stock.

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Horace Mann Educators Company Profile

Horace Mann Educators Corporation (HMEC) is an insurance holding company. Through its subsidiaries, HMEC markets and underwrites personal lines of property and casualty (primarily personal lines automobile and homeowners) insurance, retirement annuities (primarily tax-qualified products) and life insurance in the United States.

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