Analysts expect that State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) will report earnings of $0.47 per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Zero analysts have made estimates for State Auto Financial’s earnings. State Auto Financial reported earnings per share of $0.46 in the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 2.2%. The company is expected to announce its next earnings report on Tuesday, February 13th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that State Auto Financial will report full-year earnings of ($0.32) per share for the current year. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the firm will report earnings of $1.50 per share. Zacks’ EPS calculations are a mean average based on a survey of research analysts that that provide coverage for State Auto Financial.

State Auto Financial (NASDAQ:STFC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The insurance provider reported ($0.54) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.46) by ($0.08). The company had revenue of $358.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $342.70 million. State Auto Financial had a negative return on equity of 1.53% and a net margin of 1.94%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.10 EPS.

Several research firms recently commented on STFC. ValuEngine upgraded State Auto Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Zacks Investment Research raised State Auto Financial from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $26.00 price objective on shares of State Auto Financial in a report on Friday, August 18th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a hold rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $26.00.

In related news, insider John M. Petrucci sold 10,682 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.84, for a total value of $297,386.88. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Matthew Stanley Mrozek sold 3,380 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $27.85, for a total transaction of $94,133.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 8,633 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $240,429.05. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 1.54% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its holdings in shares of State Auto Financial by 5.1% during the second quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 108,289 shares of the insurance provider’s stock worth $2,787,000 after buying an additional 5,231 shares in the last quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of State Auto Financial by 13.2% in the second quarter. TD Asset Management Inc. now owns 25,700 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $661,000 after purchasing an additional 3,000 shares in the last quarter. Earnest Partners LLC increased its holdings in shares of State Auto Financial by 1.4% in the second quarter. Earnest Partners LLC now owns 762,325 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $19,615,000 after purchasing an additional 10,880 shares in the last quarter. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. increased its holdings in shares of State Auto Financial by 15.1% in the third quarter. Deprince Race & Zollo Inc. now owns 430,341 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $11,288,000 after purchasing an additional 56,554 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its holdings in shares of State Auto Financial by 5.1% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 59,759 shares of the insurance provider’s stock valued at $1,641,000 after purchasing an additional 2,907 shares in the last quarter. 33.10% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

State Auto Financial (STFC) opened at $29.17 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.14, a quick ratio of 0.08 and a current ratio of 0.08. State Auto Financial has a one year low of $22.11 and a one year high of $29.61.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 7th. State Auto Financial’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 63.49%.

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State Auto Financial Company Profile

State Auto Financial Corporation is a property and casualty insurance holding company. The Company is engaged in writing personal, business and specialty insurance. Its segments include Personal Insurance Segment, Commercial Insurance Segment and Specialty Insurance Segment. Its Personal Insurance Segment include personal auto, homeowners and other personal; Commercial Insurance Segment include commercial auto, small commercial package, middle market commercial, workers’ compensation and other commercial, and Specialty Insurance Segment include Excess & Surplus (E&S) property, E&S casualty and programs.

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