Santander Consumer USA (SC) Earning Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Study Shows

Media coverage about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Santander Consumer USA earned a news impact score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.4505307402257 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) traded down $0.12 on Wednesday, reaching $17.64. The company had a trading volume of 1,365,129 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,997,238. Santander Consumer USA has a 1 year low of $11.12 and a 1 year high of $18.73. The firm has a market cap of $6,340.00, a PE ratio of 10.30 and a beta of 1.32.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last released its earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.48 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.13. Santander Consumer USA had a return on equity of 11.33% and a net margin of 10.17%. The firm had revenue of $1.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.11 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.56 EPS. Santander Consumer USA’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.9% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Santander Consumer USA will post 1.96 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 7th were paid a dividend of $0.03 per share. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 6th. This represents a $0.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.68%. Santander Consumer USA’s payout ratio is 6.45%.

SC has been the subject of a number of research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Santander Consumer USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective (up from $16.00) on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 price objective on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Friday, August 25th. UBS lifted their price objective on Santander Consumer USA from $15.00 to $18.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, BTIG Research lifted their price objective on Santander Consumer USA to $21.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Santander Consumer USA has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $17.50.

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About Santander Consumer USA

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc is the holding company for Santander Consumer USA Inc, and subsidiaries, a consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance and third party servicing. The Company operates through Consumer Finance segment. Its Consumer Finance business is focused on vehicle financial products and services, including retail installment contracts, vehicle leases, and dealer loans, as well as financial products and services related to motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RVs), and marine vehicles.

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