Mercer International (MERC) Receiving Positive Media Coverage, Accern Reports

News coverage about Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) (TSE:MRI.U) has been trending positive this week, Accern reports. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Mercer International earned a coverage optimism score of 0.25 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the basic materials company an impact score of 45.105156439297 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

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MERC stock traded up $0.16 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $13.46. 24,045 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 166,389. The company has a market capitalization of $864.73, a P/E ratio of 10.73 and a beta of 1.63. The company has a current ratio of 1.98, a quick ratio of 1.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25. Mercer International has a 12-month low of $10.45 and a 12-month high of $15.00.

Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) (TSE:MRI.U) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The basic materials company reported $0.64 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.40 by $0.24. The business had revenue of $337.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $318.15 million. Mercer International had a return on equity of 17.19% and a net margin of 6.03%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 52.3% on a year-over-year basis.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, April 4th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, March 28th were given a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, March 27th. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.71%.

MERC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded Mercer International from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. ValuEngine upgraded Mercer International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Mercer International has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $16.19.

In other news, CEO David M. Gandossi sold 12,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, January 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.36, for a total value of $172,320.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Eric Lauritzen sold 2,100 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.68, for a total value of $30,828.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 91,300 shares of company stock worth $1,277,016. Company insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

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Mercer International Company Profile

Mercer International Inc is a producer of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp, which is pulp that is sold on the open market. The Company also produces and sells tall oil, a by-product of its production process, which is used as both a chemical additive and as a green energy source. It produces and sells NBSK pulp, which is a bleached kraft pulp manufactured using northern softwood.

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