Post Holdings, Inc. (POST) Receives Average Recommendation of “Buy” from Brokerages

Shares of Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) have been given an average recommendation of “Buy” by the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the firm, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and nine have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $102.86.

Several analysts have commented on POST shares. SunTrust Banks set a $105.00 target price on shares of Post and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating on shares of Post in a research note on Monday, November 6th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Pivotal Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Post in a research note on Wednesday, September 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Saturday, October 28th.

Post (NYSE:POST) traded down $0.09 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $79.45. 570,659 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 800,962. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56, a current ratio of 3.71 and a quick ratio of 2.90. The company has a market capitalization of $5,224.81, a P/E ratio of 29.49 and a beta of 0.11. Post has a 12 month low of $74.97 and a 12 month high of $89.04.

Post (NYSE:POST) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.93 by ($0.05). The business had revenue of $1.45 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.43 billion. Post had a return on equity of 7.31% and a net margin of 0.92%. The business’s revenue was up 14.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.61 earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Post will post 3.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Post by 3.4% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,197,967 shares of the company’s stock valued at $403,623,000 after purchasing an additional 171,948 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in Post by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,104,315 shares of the company’s stock valued at $396,350,000 after buying an additional 43,799 shares during the period. FMR LLC increased its holdings in Post by 26.5% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 5,067,121 shares of the company’s stock valued at $393,462,000 after buying an additional 1,060,344 shares during the period. Route One Investment Company L.P. increased its holdings in Post by 19.6% in the 2nd quarter. Route One Investment Company L.P. now owns 4,168,083 shares of the company’s stock valued at $323,652,000 after buying an additional 683,000 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in Post by 3.6% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,273,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $200,704,000 after buying an additional 78,669 shares during the period.

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Post Company Profile

Post Holdings, Inc is a consumer packaged goods holding company. The Company operates through four segments, namely, Post Consumer Brands, Michael Foods Group, Active Nutrition and Private Brands. The Company’s Post Consumer Brands segment includes the Post Foods branded ready-to-eat cereal operations and the business of MOM Brands.

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