Post Holdings Inc (POST) Receives Average Rating of “Buy” from Analysts

Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the thirteen ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $104.67.

A number of equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Citigroup set a $110.00 target price on shares of Post and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. SunTrust Banks set a $105.00 target price on shares of Post and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Post in a research note on Monday, November 6th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Post from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st.

Post (POST) traded down $0.02 during trading on Friday, reaching $79.38. 554,273 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 797,408. Post has a 52-week low of $75.76 and a 52-week high of $89.04. The stock has a market capitalization of $5,260.00, a P/E ratio of 264.60, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.05 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a current ratio of 3.71, a quick ratio of 2.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56.

Post (NYSE:POST) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.93 by ($0.05). Post had a net margin of 0.92% and a return on equity of 7.31%. The company had revenue of $1.45 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.43 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.61 earnings per share. Post’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Post will post 3.9 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Post news, Director David W. Kemper acquired 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $79.86 per share, for a total transaction of $199,650.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now directly owns 6,700 shares in the company, valued at $535,062. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 7.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in POST. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 22.6% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 202,290 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,708,000 after purchasing an additional 37,241 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 2.2% in the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 38,813 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,014,000 after purchasing an additional 849 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 3.5% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 284,101 shares of the company’s stock valued at $22,061,000 after purchasing an additional 9,691 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Post by 3.4% in the second 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 period. Finally, Amalgamated Bank boosted its stake in shares of Post by 25.9% in the second quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 12,926 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,004,000 after purchasing an additional 2,663 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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