Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) Receives Average Rating of “Buy” from Brokerages

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Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) has been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the twelve analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $121.29.

A number of brokerages have recently weighed in on POST. Evercore ISI began coverage on shares of Post in a report on Tuesday, June 11th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $125.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine lowered shares of Post from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 4th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies lowered shares of Post from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, July 19th.

Post stock traded down $0.89 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $105.26. 515,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 596,820. Post has a one year low of $83.88 and a one year high of $113.73. The stock has a market cap of $7.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.80, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.26 and a beta of 0.36. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.97, a quick ratio of 1.23 and a current ratio of 2.02. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $101.04 and a 200-day moving average price of $105.57.

Post (NYSE:POST) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 1st. The company reported $1.19 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.24 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $1.44 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.46 billion. Post had a return on equity of 11.15% and a net margin of 2.90%. The company’s revenue was down 10.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.06 earnings per share. Sell-side analysts predict that Post will post 4.77 EPS for the current year.

In other news, insider Mark W. Westphal purchased 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 29th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $98.13 per share, for a total transaction of $196,260.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now directly owns 40,703 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,994,185.39. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 8.10% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. 6 Meridian grew its position in shares of Post by 2.2% in the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 4,848 shares of the company’s stock worth $504,000 after buying an additional 104 shares during the period. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. grew its position in shares of Post by 1.4% in the 1st quarter. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. now owns 7,961 shares of the company’s stock worth $871,000 after buying an additional 110 shares during the period. Raymond James Trust N.A. grew its position in shares of Post by 4.5% in the 2nd quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 2,588 shares of the company’s stock worth $269,000 after buying an additional 111 shares during the period. Advisory Services Network LLC grew its position in shares of Post by 100.0% in the 2nd quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 266 shares of the company’s stock worth $28,000 after buying an additional 133 shares during the period. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC grew its position in shares of Post by 7.4% in the 2nd quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 2,007 shares of the company’s stock worth $209,000 after buying an additional 138 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 90.56% of the company’s stock.

About Post

Post Holdings, Inc operates as a consumer packaged goods holding company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Post Consumer Brands, Weetabix, Refrigerated Food, and Active Nutrition segments. The Post Consumer Brands segment manufactures, markets, and sells branded and private label ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal and hot cereal products.

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