Media stories about Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Hillenbrand earned a news impact score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 46.8452919081389 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Shares of HI opened at $47.25 on Wednesday. Hillenbrand has a twelve month low of $34.65 and a twelve month high of $49.35. The stock has a market cap of $2.98 billion, a PE ratio of 22.39 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a current ratio of 1.28, a quick ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, May 2nd. The company reported $0.65 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $452.20 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $434.70 million. Hillenbrand had a net margin of 3.99% and a return on equity of 20.08%. Hillenbrand’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.53 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Hillenbrand will post 2.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 29th. Investors of record on Friday, June 15th will be given a $0.207 dividend. This represents a $0.83 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 14th. Hillenbrand’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 39.34%.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. TheStreet cut Hillenbrand from an “a-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report on Monday, May 7th. Zacks Investment Research cut Hillenbrand from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 11th. Finally, ValuEngine cut Hillenbrand from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating, three have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $52.00.

Hillenbrand Company Profile

Hillenbrand, Inc operates as a diversified industrial company worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Process Equipment Group and Batesville. The Process Equipment Group segment designs, engineers, manufactures, markets, and services process and material handling equipment and systems for various industries, including plastics, food and pharmaceuticals, chemicals, fertilizers, minerals and mining, energy, wastewater treatment, and forest products.

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