Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) insider Elizabeth Isely bought 5,993 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 11th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $6.39 per share, for a total transaction of $38,295.27. Following the completion of the purchase, the insider now owns 1,269,306 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $8,110,865.34. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) traded down 7.97% on Monday, reaching $5.89. 109,921 shares of the company traded hands. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. has a one year low of $5.50 and a one year high of $13.79. The stock has a market capitalization of $132.14 million, a P/E ratio of 18.58 and a beta of 0.88. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $7.77 and its 200-day moving average price is $9.94.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NYSE:NGVC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The specialty retailer reported $0.03 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.11 by $0.08. The company had revenue of $194.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $196.26 million. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage had a net margin of 0.95% and a return on equity of 5.50%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.12 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. will post $0.30 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several brokerages recently issued reports on NGVC. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $15.00 target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Thursday, May 18th. Citigroup Inc. cut their target price on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from $10.50 to $7.50 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Monday. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $8.00 target price (down from $10.00) on shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in a research note on Friday, June 23rd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Finally, Wolfe Research raised shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, August 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $9.92.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of NGVC. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL bought a new position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage during the second quarter worth about $108,000. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 171.0% in the first quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 10,840 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $114,000 after buying an additional 6,840 shares during the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund increased its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 17.7% in the second quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 15,284 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 2,293 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 102.5% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 13,086 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $136,000 after buying an additional 6,623 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can increased its position in shares of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage by 12.2% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 14,720 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $153,000 after buying an additional 1,604 shares during the last quarter. 31.24% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Company Profile

Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage Inc (Natural Grocers) is a specialty retailer of natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company sells natural and organic groceries and dietary supplements. The Company’s grocery products include: bulk food and private label products, dry, frozen and canned groceries, meats and seafood, dairy products and dairy substitutes, prepared foods, bread and baked goods, and beverages.

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