Headlines about Papa John’s International (NASDAQ:PZZA) have trended somewhat negative on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Papa John’s International earned a news impact score of -0.01 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the company an impact score of 46.0406884762332 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Several research analysts recently issued reports on PZZA shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Papa John’s International from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Nomura reduced their target price on shares of Papa John’s International from $78.00 to $71.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 27th. BTIG Research reissued a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 target price on shares of Papa John’s International in a report on Tuesday, August 29th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $65.00 target price on shares of Papa John’s International in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $60.00 target price on shares of Papa John’s International in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $79.56.

Papa John’s International (PZZA) traded up $0.65 on Thursday, reaching $58.55. 700,679 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 607,097. Papa John’s International has a one year low of $57.22 and a one year high of $90.49. The company has a quick ratio of 1.01, a current ratio of 1.21 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -8.26. The stock has a market capitalization of $2,050.00, a PE ratio of 21.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.65 and a beta of 0.48.

Papa John’s International (NASDAQ:PZZA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 31st. The company reported $0.60 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.61 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $431.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $427.23 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.57 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Papa John’s International will post 2.76 earnings per share for the current year.

Papa John’s International announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback plan on Tuesday, August 1st that authorizes the company to repurchase $500.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to reacquire up to 198% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, November 17th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 7th will be given a $0.225 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 6th. This represents a $0.90 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.54%. Papa John’s International’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 30.93%.

In other news, SVP Timothy C. Ohern sold 9,218 shares of Papa John’s International stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.08, for a total value of $692,087.44. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 35,650 shares in the company, valued at $2,676,602. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Wayne Kent Taylor bought 8,860 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 9th. The stock was bought at an average price of $57.53 per share, for a total transaction of $509,715.80. Following the transaction, the director now owns 30,822 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,773,189.66. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 27.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Papa John’s International

Papa John’s International, Inc (Papa John’s) operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants and, in certain international markets, dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark Papa John’s. The Company operates through five segments: domestic Company-owned restaurants, North America commissaries, North America franchising, international operations and all other business units.

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