Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eight brokerages that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $86.67.

HLF has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Herbalife from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. ValuEngine lowered Herbalife from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, December 4th. SunTrust Banks reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $67.00 price objective on shares of Herbalife in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Pivotal Research reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $120.00 price objective on shares of Herbalife in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Citigroup restated a “hold” rating and issued a $73.00 target price (up from $71.00) on shares of Herbalife in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd.

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) opened at $69.35 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $6,050.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.73 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a quick ratio of 2.24, a current ratio of 2.65 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 9.94. Herbalife has a 12 month low of $49.12 and a 12 month high of $79.64.

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.82. The business had revenue of $1.09 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.09 billion. Herbalife had a return on equity of 176.64% and a net margin of 8.60%. Herbalife’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.21 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Herbalife will post 4.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, insider Shin-Shing Bosco Chiu sold 2,380 shares of Herbalife stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.98, for a total value of $166,552.40. Following the sale, the insider now owns 5,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $349,900. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, SVP Thomas Harms sold 8,532 shares of Herbalife stock in a transaction that occurred on Saturday, December 29th. The stock was sold at an average price of $68.49, for a total transaction of $584,356.68. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now directly owns 1,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $68,490. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 19,444 shares of company stock valued at $1,335,266 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 4.95% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Phocas Financial Corp. bought a new stake in shares of Herbalife in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $124,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in shares of Herbalife by 11.9% in the 2nd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,523 shares of the company’s stock worth $180,000 after purchasing an additional 268 shares during the period. Opera Trading Capital bought a new stake in shares of Herbalife in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $185,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its holdings in shares of Herbalife by 7.2% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 2,821 shares of the company’s stock worth $201,000 after purchasing an additional 189 shares during the period. Finally, FDx Advisors Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Herbalife in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $227,000.

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Herbalife Company Profile

Herbalife Ltd. is a global nutrition company. The Company develops and sells weight management, healthy meals and snacks, sports and fitness, energy and targeted nutritional products, as well as personal care products. Its operating segments are based on geographical operations in six regions: North America; Mexico; South and Central America; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific, and China.

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