MSA Safety Incorporporated (MSA) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Finds

News stories about MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. MSA Safety Incorporporated earned a coverage optimism score of 0.23 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.7363610506433 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Stifel Nicolaus raised their price objective on MSA Safety Incorporporated from $81.00 to $91.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 22nd. Robert W. Baird raised their price objective on MSA Safety Incorporporated from $82.00 to $84.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Friday, June 30th. Zacks Investment Research lowered MSA Safety Incorporporated from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered MSA Safety Incorporporated from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 1st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.50.

MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) opened at 74.38 on Friday. MSA Safety Incorporporated has a 12-month low of $54.51 and a 12-month high of $84.86. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $71.73 and its 200-day moving average price is $75.09. The stock has a market cap of $2.84 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.47 and a beta of 1.64.

MSA Safety Incorporporated (NYSE:MSA) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The industrial products company reported $0.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.87 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $288.78 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $302.94 million. MSA Safety Incorporporated had a net margin of 6.74% and a return on equity of 19.64%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.79 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that MSA Safety Incorporporated will post $3.19 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, September 10th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, August 16th were paid a $0.35 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Monday, August 14th. This represents a $1.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.88%. MSA Safety Incorporporated’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 71.07%.

In related news, VP Markus H. Weber sold 2,300 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.08, for a total transaction of $163,484.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 13,801 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $980,975.08. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director John T. Ryan III sold 32,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.43, for a total transaction of $2,292,903.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 1,025,013 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $73,216,678.59. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 40,211 shares of company stock valued at $2,879,428. Insiders own 15.53% of the company’s stock.

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About MSA Safety Incorporporated

Mine Safety Appliances Company is engaged in the development, manufacture and supply of products that protect people’s health and safety. The Company’s line of safety products is used by workers worldwide in the fire service, homeland security, oil and gas, construction and other industries, as well as the military.

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