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

Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the thirteen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $99.29.

POST has been the subject of a number of research reports. BidaskClub downgraded Post from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, October 21st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Post from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, December 2nd. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Post in a report on Monday, November 6th. Citigroup set a $110.00 price objective on Post and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 20th. Finally, SunTrust Banks set a $105.00 price objective on Post and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, November 16th.

In related news, Director David W. Kemper purchased 2,500 shares of Post stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was purchased at an average cost 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 of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $535,062. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Jeff A. Zadoks purchased 1,353 shares of Post stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $73.30 per share, with a total value of $99,174.90. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 7,668 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $562,064.40. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have purchased 6,573 shares of company stock valued at $499,343 over the last three months. Insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in Post by 2.3% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,372,840 shares of the company’s stock valued at $425,692,000 after purchasing an additional 118,404 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its position in shares of Post by 3.6% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,273,861 shares of the company’s stock valued at $200,704,000 after buying an additional 78,669 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its position in shares of Post by 23.1% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,027,185 shares of the company’s stock valued at $176,447,000 after buying an additional 380,818 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of Post by 30.3% in the third quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 1,974,396 shares of the company’s stock valued at $174,280,000 after buying an additional 458,900 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp lifted its position in shares of Post by 2.8% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,704,431 shares of the company’s stock valued at $132,350,000 after buying an additional 46,702 shares during the last quarter.

Post (NYSE POST) traded down $0.46 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $72.36. The company had a trading volume of 1,045,915 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,168,587. The company has a market capitalization of $4,697.88, a P/E ratio of 24.61, a PEG ratio of 1.13 and a beta of -0.05. The company has a quick ratio of 3.27, a current ratio of 4.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.47. Post has a fifty-two week low of $71.06 and a fifty-two week high of $89.04.

Post (NYSE:POST) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $1.43 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.42 billion. Post had a return on equity of 7.90% and a net margin of 4.54%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.62 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that Post will post 4.52 EPS for the current year.

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About Post

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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