News headlines about Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Compass Minerals International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the basic materials company an impact score of 47.375992606054 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Shares of CMP stock opened at $61.30 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.28, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a current ratio of 2.66. The company has a market cap of $2.08 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.29 and a beta of 0.68. Compass Minerals International has a 52 week low of $56.50 and a 52 week high of $76.65.

Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 6th. The basic materials company reported ($0.23) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.14) by ($0.09). The business had revenue of $246.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $243.24 million. Compass Minerals International had a return on equity of 12.50% and a net margin of 2.27%. Compass Minerals International’s revenue was up 8.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($0.19) earnings per share. analysts forecast that Compass Minerals International will post 2.83 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 17th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.72 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 30th. This represents a $2.88 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.70%. Compass Minerals International’s dividend payout ratio is currently 104.73%.

Separately, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Compass Minerals International from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 2nd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Compass Minerals International presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $71.50.

Compass Minerals International Company Profile

Compass Minerals International, Inc, produces and sells salt, and specialty plant nutrition and chemical products primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. It operates in three segments: Salt, Plant Nutrition North America, and Plant Nutrition South America. The Salt segment offers sodium chloride and magnesium chloride, including rock salt, mechanically and solar evaporated salt, and brine and flake magnesium chloride products; and purchases potassium chloride and calcium chloride to sell as finished products or to blend with salt to produce specialty products.

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