Press coverage about The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) has trended positive on Sunday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The GEO Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.34 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the real estate investment trust an impact score of 46.516835090899 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) opened at $22.09 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $2,790.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.12, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 1.30. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.13, a quick ratio of 1.57 and a current ratio of 1.57. The GEO Group has a one year low of $19.05 and a one year high of $34.32.

The GEO Group (NYSE:GEO) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 14th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.38 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $568.98 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $558.72 million. The GEO Group had a net margin of 6.46% and a return on equity of 13.95%. The GEO Group’s quarterly revenue was up .4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.41 EPS. equities research analysts forecast that The GEO Group will post 1.95 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, February 27th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th were paid a dividend of $0.47 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 15th. This represents a $1.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 8.51%. The GEO Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 145.74%.

The GEO Group announced that its Board of Directors has approved a share buyback plan on Wednesday, February 14th that allows the company to buyback $200.00 million in shares. This buyback authorization allows the real estate investment trust to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are generally a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Several analysts have recently weighed in on GEO shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of The GEO Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 8th. ValuEngine lowered shares of The GEO Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. SunTrust Banks restated a “buy” rating and set a $32.00 price target on shares of The GEO Group in a research note on Wednesday, January 31st. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of The GEO Group from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 28th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.00.

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About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc is a real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in the ownership, leasing and management of correctional, detention and re-entry facilities and the provision of community-based services and youth services in the United States, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada.

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