Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (MLAB) Stake Boosted by Vanguard Group Inc.

Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) by 10.1% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 145,161 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after purchasing an additional 13,263 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. owned approximately 3.86% of Mesa Laboratories worth $20,804,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Strs Ohio lifted its stake in shares of Mesa Laboratories by 5.6% in the 2nd quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 1,900 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $272,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. BT Investment Management Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Mesa Laboratories in the 2nd quarter valued at $277,000. Spark Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Mesa Laboratories in the 2nd quarter valued at $300,000. Alliancebernstein L.P. lifted its stake in shares of Mesa Laboratories by 52.9% in the 2nd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 2,600 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $373,000 after purchasing an additional 900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, PNC Financial Services Group Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Mesa Laboratories by 2.3% in the 2nd quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 3,117 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock valued at $446,000 after purchasing an additional 71 shares during the last quarter. 68.83% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Mesa Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLAB) opened at $130.21 on Wednesday. Mesa Laboratories, Inc. has a 12 month low of $109.14 and a 12 month high of $169.80. The company has a current ratio of 2.86, a quick ratio of 1.97 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $480.18, a PE ratio of 33.61 and a beta of 0.49.

Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB) last posted its earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The medical instruments supplier reported $0.60 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by ($0.04). Mesa Laboratories had a return on equity of 14.77% and a net margin of 11.48%. The firm had revenue of $22.95 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.50 million. analysts forecast that Mesa Laboratories, Inc. will post 2.47 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be paid a dividend of $0.16 per share. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.49%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. Mesa Laboratories’s payout ratio is 23.10%.

In related news, Director H Stuart Campbell sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.42, for a total transaction of $260,840.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 44,366 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,786,213.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 15.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several equities analysts have recently commented on the company. TheStreet raised Mesa Laboratories from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research note on Monday, November 6th. BidaskClub lowered Mesa Laboratories from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Mesa Laboratories from a “buy” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, November 10th.

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Mesa Laboratories Company Profile

Mesa Laboratories, Inc is focused primarily on quality control products and services. The Company operates through four segments: Instruments, Continuous Monitoring, Biological Indicators and Cold Chain. The Instruments Division designs, manufactures and markets quality control instruments and disposable products.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Mesa Laboratories (NASDAQ:MLAB)

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