Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Apollo Investment (AINV) Stock Price

Media headlines about Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring 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. Apollo Investment earned a news impact score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the asset manager an impact score of 45.9147181545712 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Apollo Investment (AINV) opened at $5.46 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $1,186.55, a PE ratio of 16.06, a PEG ratio of 1.76 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 0.43 and a current ratio of 0.43. Apollo Investment has a 1-year low of $5.30 and a 1-year high of $6.82.

Apollo Investment (NASDAQ:AINV) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The asset manager reported $0.16 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.16. The business had revenue of $64.75 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $65.94 million. Apollo Investment had a return on equity of 9.45% and a net margin of 28.18%. The firm’s revenue was down 4.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.17 EPS. sell-side analysts anticipate that Apollo Investment will post 0.62 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, March 27th will be issued a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, March 26th. This represents a $0.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 10.99%. Apollo Investment’s dividend payout ratio is 176.47%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on AINV shares. TheStreet upgraded Apollo Investment from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating on shares of Apollo Investment in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Compass Point upgraded Apollo Investment from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. ValuEngine upgraded Apollo Investment from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “hold” rating and set a $6.00 price objective on shares of Apollo Investment in a research report on Wednesday, November 15th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.38.

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About Apollo Investment

Apollo Investment Corporation is a closed-end, externally managed, non-diversified management investment company. The Company’s investment objective is to generate current income and capital appreciation. It invests primarily in various forms of debt investments, including secured and unsecured debt, loan investments and/or equity in private middle-market companies.

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