Wall Street brokerages forecast that Univar Inc. (NYSE:UNVR) will report earnings of $0.28 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three analysts have made estimates for Univar’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.24 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.33. Univar reported earnings per share of $0.17 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 64.7%. The company is expected to issue its next quarterly earnings report on Friday, November 3rd.

On average, analysts expect that Univar will report full-year earnings of $1.03 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $0.90 to $1.11. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of $1.58 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.25 to $1.71. Zacks’ EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Univar.

Univar (NYSE:UNVR) last issued its earnings results on Friday, August 4th. The basic materials company reported $0.34 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $2.25 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.27 billion. Univar had a positive return on equity of 15.46% and a negative net margin of 0.85%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.29 EPS.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on UNVR shares. Credit Suisse Group reduced their target price on shares of Univar from $39.00 to $36.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, August 31st. BidaskClub cut shares of Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Barclays PLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $32.00 target price on shares of Univar in a report on Thursday, August 31st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Univar from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Univar in a report on Thursday, July 6th. They issued a “sell” rating and a $24.00 target price for the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Univar currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $33.33.

Univar (NYSE UNVR) opened at 27.38 on Friday. The stock’s market cap is $3.85 billion. Univar has a 52 week low of $19.13 and a 52 week high of $33.15. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $28.64 and a 200-day moving average price of $29.97.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Univar during the first quarter worth about $114,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in shares of Univar by 64.0% during the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,792 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $116,000 after acquiring an additional 1,480 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in shares of Univar during the second quarter worth about $122,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in shares of Univar by 176.9% during the second quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 4,824 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $141,000 after acquiring an additional 3,082 shares during the period. Finally, Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Univar during the first quarter worth about $229,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.66% of the company’s stock.

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Univar Company Profile

Univar Inc is a distributor of commodity and specialty chemicals. The Company operates through four segments: Univar USA (USA); Univar Canada (Canada); Univar Europe and the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Rest of World. The Company’s USA segment supplies a range of commodity and specialty chemicals, as well as services to a range of end markets, including manufacturing and industrial production sectors in the United States.

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