Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) Earning Neutral News Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) have been trending neutral on Saturday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Dave & Buster’s Entertainment earned a news sentiment score of 0.42 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news articles about the restaurant operator an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s score:

A number of brokerages have recently commented on PLAY. SunTrust Banks boosted their price target on Dave & Buster’s Entertainment from $41.00 to $42.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 11th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price objective on Dave & Buster’s Entertainment from $50.00 to $53.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 11th. BidaskClub upgraded Dave & Buster’s Entertainment from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, November 25th. Maxim Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $55.00 target price on shares of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment in a research report on Tuesday, November 26th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co cut their target price on Dave & Buster’s Entertainment from $44.00 to $42.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, December 4th. Twelve equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $46.98.

Shares of NASDAQ:PLAY opened at $47.05 on Friday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $43.65 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $41.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 12.25, a current ratio of 0.25 and a quick ratio of 0.14. Dave & Buster’s Entertainment has a one year low of $37.20 and a one year high of $59.60. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.44 billion, a PE ratio of 16.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.13 and a beta of 0.84.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment (NASDAQ:PLAY) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, December 10th. The restaurant operator reported $0.02 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.27 by ($0.25). Dave & Buster’s Entertainment had a return on equity of 37.48% and a net margin of 7.82%. The business had revenue of $299.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $296.39 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.30 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Dave & Buster’s Entertainment will post 2.93 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, February 10th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 10th were paid a $0.16 dividend. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.36%. This is an increase from Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.15. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 9th. Dave & Buster’s Entertainment’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 21.84%.

In other Dave & Buster’s Entertainment news, COO Margo Lynn Manning sold 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, January 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.00, for a total transaction of $376,000.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now directly owns 21,960 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,032,120. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP John Mulleady sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, December 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.84, for a total transaction of $291,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 19,774 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $768,022.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 26,700 shares of company stock valued at $1,120,152. Corporate insiders own 3.70% of the company’s stock.

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Company Profile

Dave & Buster's Entertainment, Inc owns and operates entertainment and dining venues for adults and families. Its venues offer a menu of entrees and appetizers, as well as a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages; and an assortment of entertainment attractions centered on playing games and watching live sports, and other televised events.

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