Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect AMERISAFE (AMSF) Share Price

Boston Partners boosted its stake in shares of AMERISAFE by 2.2% in the first quarter. The value of the investment in AMSF went from $21,481,000 to $31,059,000 a change of $9,578,000 quarter to quarter.

A number of other brokerages also recently weighed in on AMSF.

Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp says it raised its stake in AMERISAFE, Inc. stock by 0.2% in its quarterly SEC filing. Cortina Asset Management, LLC claims 312,772 shares valued at $17,812,000. Alliancebernstein L.P.'s holdings in AMERISAFE were worth $2,097,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

As of quarter end California Public Employees Retirement System had sold 5,500 shares trimming its position 9.8%. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 2,120 shares of the insurance provider's stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 40 shares during the period.

Legal & General Group Plc increased its position in shares of AMERISAFE, Inc. Finally, Norges Bank bought a new position in shares of AMERISAFE during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $10,326,000. US Bancorp DE now owns 2,510 shares of the insurance provider's stock valued at $162,000 after buying an additional 202 shares in the last quarter. Insiders purchased 6,054 shares of company stock valued at $311,443 in the last quarter.

Equities research analysts expect AMERISAFE, Inc. The company had a trading volume of 68,846 shares.

Company shares last traded at $56.55 which is marginally under $56.68, the stock's 50 day moving average and which is well below the 200 day moving average of $59.60.

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RMB Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Smith & Nephew SNATS during the first quarter valued at $219,000. The stock of Smith & Nephew plc (ADR) (NYSE:SNN) has "Equal-Weight" rating given on Wednesday, August 10 by Barclays Capital.

AMERISAFE, Inc. has a one year low of $51.20 and a one year high of $69.40. The company has a market capitalization of $1.08 billion, a PE ratio of 16.49 and a beta of 0.87.

AMERISAFE (NASDAQ:AMSF) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The insurance provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $89.93 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $92.33 million. The company's quarterly revenue was down 7.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter previous year, the firm earned $0.85 earnings per share.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 22nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 8th will be issued a $0.20 dividend. The ex-dividend date will be Wednesday the 7th of June 2017. The dividend will be $0.200 per share for the quarter which comes to $0.80 on an annualized basis. AMERISAFE's dividend payout ratio is now 23.32%.

ILLEGAL ACTIVITY NOTICE: This report was first posted by Week Herald and is the property of of Week Herald. If you are reading this piece on another domain, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of worldwide trademark and copyright legislation. BidaskClub cut AMERISAFE from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AMERISAFE from a "strong sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Great West Life Assurance Co. Also, Director Randy Roach sold 500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.90, for a total transaction of $28,450.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 8,399 shares of the company's stock, valued at $477,903.10. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.

In other AMERISAFE news, Director Jared A. Morris acquired 2,500 shares of AMERISAFE stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $50.82 per share, with a total value of $127,050.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 12,390 shares of the company's stock, valued at $629,659.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Garcia now owns $492,619 of stock per an SEC filing yesterday.

Amerisafe, Inc is an insurance holding company. The Company is involved in providing workers' compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries, principally construction, trucking, logging and lumber, manufacturing, and agriculture.

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