ASML Holding NV (ASML) Announces Annual Dividend of $1.72

ASML Holding NV (NASDAQ:ASML) announced an annual dividend on Friday, January 19th, Wall Street Journal reports. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 30th will be given a dividend of 1.7181 per share by the semiconductor company on Wednesday, May 9th. This represents a yield of 0.84%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, April 27th. This is a positive change from ASML’s previous annual dividend of $0.71.

ASML (ASML) traded up $2.16 during trading on Friday, reaching $205.52. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,123,103 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,234,515. The company has a current ratio of 2.79, a quick ratio of 1.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29. The stock has a market cap of $88,510.00, a P/E ratio of 34.20, a PEG ratio of 1.38 and a beta of 1.14. ASML has a twelve month low of $119.83 and a twelve month high of $206.03.

ASML (NASDAQ:ASML) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 17th. The semiconductor company reported $1.77 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.52. The business had revenue of $2.56 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.15 billion. ASML had a return on equity of 21.49% and a net margin of 24.28%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 34.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.23 EPS. analysts expect that ASML will post 6.38 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have weighed in on ASML. Zacks Investment Research downgraded ASML from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 20th. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $166.00 target price (up previously from $162.00) on shares of ASML in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Sanford C. Bernstein restated an “outperform” rating and issued a $184.00 target price (up previously from $172.50) on shares of ASML in a research note on Thursday, September 21st. BidaskClub downgraded ASML from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $155.00 target price on shares of ASML in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $196.29.

ASML announced that its board has authorized a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, January 17th that permits the company to buyback outstanding shares. This buyback authorization permits the semiconductor company to reacquire shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are generally an indication that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

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ASML Company Profile

ASML Holding N.V. is a holding company. The Company is a manufacturer of chip-making equipment. The Company is engaged in the development, production, marketing, selling and servicing of semiconductor equipment systems, consisting of lithography systems. The Company’s products include systems, and installed base products and services.

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