Media stories about B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. B&G Foods earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 47.1888823654527 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

A number of analysts have recently commented on the company. ValuEngine raised B&G Foods from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered B&G Foods from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 7th. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $39.00 price objective on shares of B&G Foods in a research report on Friday, August 3rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies initiated coverage on B&G Foods in a research report on Tuesday, June 19th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $31.00 price objective for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $34.13.

Shares of BGS opened at $31.60 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.51, a current ratio of 3.73 and a quick ratio of 1.31. B&G Foods has a 52-week low of $22.00 and a 52-week high of $39.75. The company has a market capitalization of $2.07 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.91 and a beta of 0.47.

B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by ($0.06). B&G Foods had a net margin of 11.23% and a return on equity of 16.12%. The business had revenue of $388.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $386.91 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.41 earnings per share. B&G Foods’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts forecast that B&G Foods will post 2.11 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, October 30th. Investors of record on Friday, September 28th will be given a $0.475 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 27th. This represents a $1.90 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 6.01%. B&G Foods’s dividend payout ratio is presently 89.62%.

About B&G Foods

B&G Foods, Inc manufactures, sells, and distributes a portfolio of shelf-stable and frozen foods in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Its products include frozen and canned vegetables, hot cereals, fruit spreads, canned meats and beans, bagel chips, spices, seasonings, hot sauces, wine vinegars, maple syrups, molasses, salad dressings, pizza crusts, Mexican-style sauces, dry soups, taco shells and kits, salsas, pickles, peppers, tomato-based products, puffed corn and rice snacks, cookies and crackers, nut clusters, and other specialty products.

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