Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) Earns Daily News Sentiment Rating of 0.13

Media stories about Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Bottomline Technologies earned a media sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the technology company an impact score of 44.493060442739 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Shares of Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) traded down $0.03 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $35.44. 349,438 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 327,050. Bottomline Technologies has a 12-month low of $21.52 and a 12-month high of $39.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 1.71 and a quick ratio of 0.73. The firm has a market cap of $1,441.70, a price-to-earnings ratio of -101.25 and a beta of 1.12.

Bottomline Technologies (NASDAQ:EPAY) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The technology company reported $0.31 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.26 by $0.05. Bottomline Technologies had a negative net margin of 3.67% and a positive return on equity of 7.20%. The company had revenue of $95.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $92.51 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.26 EPS. Bottomline Technologies’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Bottomline Technologies will post 0.53 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Needham & Company LLC increased their target price on shares of Bottomline Technologies to $45.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Bottomline Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Bottomline Technologies currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $35.40.

In other news, CEO Robert A. Eberle sold 12,601 shares of Bottomline Technologies stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.51, for a total value of $422,259.51. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 366,499 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,281,381.49. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Jennifer M. Gray sold 2,000 shares of Bottomline Technologies stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $33.05, for a total transaction of $66,100.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 4,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $132,200. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 83,530 shares of company stock worth $2,803,498 over the last three months. 2.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Bottomline Technologies

Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc is engaged in providing a set of cloud-based business payment, digital banking, fraud prevention, payment and financial document solutions. The Company helps businesses pay and get paid. It offers hosted or Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, as well as software designed to run on-site at the customer’s location.

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