News stories about Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Live Oak Bancshares earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the bank an impact score of 45.458862814652 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) opened at $24.45 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a quick ratio of 0.70 and a current ratio of 1.05. Live Oak Bancshares has a 52 week low of $17.80 and a 52 week high of $26.35. The stock has a market cap of $1,070.00 and a P/E ratio of 25.47.

Live Oak Bancshares (NASDAQ:LOB) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The bank reported $0.34 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.20 by $0.14. The business had revenue of $46.09 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $42.56 million. Live Oak Bancshares had a net margin of 17.68% and a return on equity of 13.60%. sell-side analysts predict that Live Oak Bancshares will post 1.07 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, November 27th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th were paid a $0.03 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, November 10th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.49%. Live Oak Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 12.90%.

A number of equities analysts have recently weighed in on LOB shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Live Oak Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Live Oak Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $27.00 price objective on shares of Live Oak Bancshares in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods assumed coverage on shares of Live Oak Bancshares in a report on Monday, October 16th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $26.00 target price for the company. Finally, Sandler O’Neill upgraded shares of Live Oak Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lowered their target price for the company from $25.00 to $24.00 in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Live Oak Bancshares has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $26.50.

In other news, Director Glen F. Hoffsis bought 1,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $23.50 per share, for a total transaction of $32,900.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 85,382 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,006,477. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 30.10% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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Live Oak Bancshares Company Profile

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company conducts business operations primarily through its commercial bank subsidiary, Live Oak Banking Company (the Bank). The Bank specializes in providing lending services to small businesses nationwide in targeted industries. The loans originated by the Bank are guaranteed by the small business administration (SBA).

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