Analysts expect Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) to post sales of $1.43 billion for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Three analysts have provided estimates for Post’s earnings, with the lowest sales estimate coming in at $1.40 billion and the highest estimate coming in at $1.44 billion. Post posted sales of $1.25 billion during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 14.4%. The business is expected to report its next earnings report on Thursday, February 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Post will report full year sales of $1.43 billion for the current year, with estimates ranging from $5.87 billion to $5.96 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the business will report sales of $6.16 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.07 billion to $6.25 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that follow Post.

Post (NYSE:POST) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.93 by ($0.05). Post had a return on equity of 7.31% and a net margin of 0.92%. The company had revenue of $1.45 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.43 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.61 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.9% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on POST shares. BMO Capital Markets raised shares of Post from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $106.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Citigroup set a $110.00 target price on shares of Post and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Pivotal Research reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 target price on shares of Post in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $92.00 target price for the company in a research report on Saturday, October 28th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, October 21st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Post has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $103.25.

Post (NYSE POST) traded down $0.29 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $77.26. 1,127,474 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 804,704. The company has a market capitalization of $5,108.43, a PE ratio of 28.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.02 and a beta of 0.09. Post has a 1 year low of $75.76 and a 1 year high of $89.04. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56, a quick ratio of 2.90 and a current ratio of 3.71.

In other Post news, Director David W. Kemper bought 2,500 shares of Post stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was bought at an average price of $79.86 per share, with a total value of $199,650.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 6,700 shares in the company, valued at approximately $535,062. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 7.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. IndexIQ Advisors LLC raised its stake in Post by 0.3% in the second quarter. IndexIQ Advisors LLC now owns 1,485 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 4 shares in the last quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC raised its stake in Post by 2.2% in the second quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC now owns 2,744 shares of the company’s stock valued at $213,000 after purchasing an additional 60 shares in the last quarter. Utah Retirement Systems raised its stake in Post by 0.8% in the second quarter. Utah Retirement Systems now owns 11,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $924,000 after purchasing an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its stake in Post by 9.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,194 shares of the company’s stock valued at $170,000 after purchasing an additional 190 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Trust N.A. raised its stake in Post by 6.6% in the second quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 3,484 shares of the company’s stock valued at $270,000 after purchasing an additional 217 shares in the last quarter.

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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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