News articles about Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news 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. Escalade earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 46.7115049997308 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

A number of research analysts have commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Escalade from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, November 22nd. Aegis reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $16.00 target price on shares of Escalade in a report on Monday, September 25th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $16.00.

Escalade (ESCA) traded up $0.16 during trading on Friday, hitting $13.40. The company had a trading volume of 6,909 shares, compared to its average volume of 11,288. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 3.76 and a quick ratio of 1.84. The stock has a market cap of $192.57, a P/E ratio of 18.80, a P/E/G ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 0.09. Escalade has a 52 week low of $11.31 and a 52 week high of $14.38.

Escalade (NASDAQ:ESCA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.22 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.16 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $41.89 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $40.40 million. Escalade had a return on equity of 9.72% and a net margin of 5.89%. research analysts predict that Escalade will post 0.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 18th. Investors of record on Monday, December 11th will be given a $0.115 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 8th. This represents a $0.46 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.43%. Escalade’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 65.71%.

In related news, CEO David L. Fetherman sold 9,250 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.11, for a total value of $112,017.50. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 102,729 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,244,048.19. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 20.00% of the company’s stock.

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Escalade Company Profile

Escalade, Incorporated (Escalade) is a manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods through its subsidiary Escalade Sports. The Company operates in Sporting Goods (Escalade Sports) segment. Escalade Sports manufactures, imports and distributes sporting goods brands in basketball goals, archery, indoor and outdoor game recreation and fitness products through sporting goods retailers, specialty dealers, key online retailers, traditional department stores and mass merchants.

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