SeaWorld Entertainment Inc (NYSE:SEAS) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Tuesday. Traders bought 18,135 put options on the company. This is an increase of 1,799% compared to the typical daily volume of 955 put options.

Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) opened at $13.96 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.45, a current ratio of 0.57 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 5.04. The stock has a market cap of $1,260.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -6.15 and a beta of 0.73. SeaWorld Entertainment has a 12 month low of $10.42 and a 12 month high of $20.13.

SeaWorld Entertainment (NYSE:SEAS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The company reported $0.64 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.78 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $437.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $453.58 million. SeaWorld Entertainment had a positive return on equity of 22.94% and a negative net margin of 15.32%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.77 EPS. analysts expect that SeaWorld Entertainment will post -2.27 EPS for the current year.

A number of research firms have recently commented on SEAS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 11th. FBR & Co reissued a “hold” rating and set a $14.00 target price on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. BidaskClub raised shares of SeaWorld Entertainment from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott reissued a “buy” rating on shares of SeaWorld Entertainment in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. SeaWorld Entertainment currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $15.73.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of SEAS. Sterling Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of SeaWorld Entertainment by 22,754.8% in the third quarter. Sterling Capital Management LLC now owns 3,000,835 shares of the company’s stock worth $38,980,000 after buying an additional 2,987,705 shares during the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its stake in SeaWorld Entertainment by 2,066.8% during the third quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 2,416,023 shares of the company’s stock valued at $31,384,000 after purchasing an additional 2,304,523 shares during the last quarter. Hill Path Capital LP increased its stake in SeaWorld Entertainment by 12.9% during the third quarter. Hill Path Capital LP now owns 13,581,406 shares of the company’s stock valued at $176,422,000 after purchasing an additional 1,556,869 shares during the last quarter. Peregrine Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in SeaWorld Entertainment during the third quarter valued at $9,764,000. Finally, ING Groep NV bought a new stake in SeaWorld Entertainment during the third quarter valued at $6,495,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 96.37% of the company’s stock.

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SeaWorld Entertainment Company Profile

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc is a theme park and entertainment company. The Company owns or licenses a portfolio of brands, including SeaWorld, Sea Rescue and Busch Gardens. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are located across the United States.

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