Matson, Inc. (NYSE:MATX) posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday. The shipping company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.59 by $0.20, Briefing.com reports. Matson had a return on equity of 17.93% and a net margin of 4.12%. The firm had revenue of $543.90 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $531.61 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.59 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 8.7% compared to the same quarter last year.

Matson (NYSE MATX) traded up $1.84 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $28.90. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 738,389 shares, compared to its average volume of 170,498. The firm has a market cap of $1.17 billion, a PE ratio of 13.96, a PEG ratio of 3.26 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.52, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.02.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 7th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 9th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.77%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 8th. Matson’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.24%.

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Several research analysts have recently commented on MATX shares. Stifel Nicolaus raised Matson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $30.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised Matson from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Stephens downgraded Matson from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and decreased their price objective for the stock from $38.00 to $23.00 in a research note on Friday, August 18th. Finally, BidaskClub raised Matson from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $27.50.

In other Matson news, Director Jeffrey N. Watanabe bought 4,100 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were bought at an average cost of $24.07 per share, for a total transaction of $98,687.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Joel M. Wine bought 6,100 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were acquired at an average price of $24.07 per share, for a total transaction of $146,827.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief financial officer now directly owns 99,411 shares in the company, valued at $2,392,822.77. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have bought a total of 12,200 shares of company stock worth $292,734 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 2.60% of the company’s stock.

Matson Company Profile

Matson, Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates as an ocean cargo carrier. The company operates in two segments, Ocean Transportation and Logistics. The Ocean Transportation segment offers ocean transportation services to the domestic economies of Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam, as well as to other island economies in Micronesia and in the South Pacific.

Earnings History for Matson (NYSE:MATX)

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