Post (POST) – Analysts’ Weekly Ratings Changes

Several brokerages have updated their recommendations and price targets on shares of Post (NYSE: POST) in the last few weeks:

  • 2/8/2018 – Post was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating. They now have a $83.00 price target on the stock. According to Zacks, “Post Holdings Inc. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals in the United States and Canada. The Company’s products are manufactured through a production platform consisting of four owned primary facilities and sold through a variety of channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores. Its portfolio of brands includes diverse offerings such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Pebbles, Post Selects, Great Grains, Spoon Size Shredded Wheat, Post Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts and Honeycomb. Post Holdings Inc. is based in St. Louis, Missouri. “
  • 2/6/2018 – Post was given a new $90.00 price target on by analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock. They noted that the move was a valuation call. They noted that the move was a valuation call.
  • 2/5/2018 – Post was upgraded by analysts at Vertical Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating.
  • 2/2/2018 – Post had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Pivotal Research. They now have a $105.00 price target on the stock. They wrote, “We are confident that this is a tremendous entry point in the shares. Post Consumer Brands sales rose 1.9% but down 4.2% on a pro forma basis. Recall that the North American part of Weetabix – about $100 million in sales was barely profitable so that has the effect of depressing EBITDA margins. Volume fell 2.4%, EBITDA fell slightly and EBITDA margin fell 110 BP due to the change in business mix. Weetabix, which is the U.K. part of the acquisition posted a 1.2% pro forma decline in sales. There was no pro forma EBITDA comparison with LY. The brand was previously on a calendar year and heavily promoted into the December Q. POST intentionally backed off that calendar push to reset for more business-driven promotions. Michael Food Group sales rose 6.9%; on a 9.3% rise in egg sales; volume rose 3.8%. EBITDA dollars rose 23.9% and EBITDA margin rose 250 BP year over year.””
  • 1/25/2018 – Post was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Post Holdings Inc. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals in the United States and Canada. The Company’s products are manufactured through a production platform consisting of four owned primary facilities and sold through a variety of channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores. Its portfolio of brands includes diverse offerings such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Pebbles, Post Selects, Great Grains, Spoon Size Shredded Wheat, Post Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts and Honeycomb. Post Holdings Inc. is based in St. Louis, Missouri. “
  • 12/20/2017 – Post was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating. According to Zacks, “Post Holdings Inc. is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals in the United States and Canada. The Company’s products are manufactured through a production platform consisting of four owned primary facilities and sold through a variety of channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores. Its portfolio of brands includes diverse offerings such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Pebbles, Post Selects, Great Grains, Spoon Size Shredded Wheat, Post Raisin Bran, Grape-Nuts and Honeycomb. Post Holdings Inc. is based in St. Louis, Missouri. “

Shares of Post Holdings Inc (NYSE POST) opened at $72.82 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.47, a quick ratio of 3.27 and a current ratio of 4.05. Post Holdings Inc has a one year low of $71.06 and a one year high of $89.04. The stock has a market cap of $4,820.00, a P/E ratio of 25.20, a PEG ratio of 1.13 and a beta of -0.05.

Post (NYSE:POST) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.92 by ($0.04). Post had a return on equity of 7.90% and a net margin of 4.54%. The company had revenue of $1.43 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.42 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.62 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Post Holdings Inc will post 4.52 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director David W. Kemper purchased 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The stock was bought at an average price of $79.86 per share, for a total transaction of $199,650.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 6,700 shares in the company, valued at approximately $535,062. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Jeff A. Zadoks purchased 1,353 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, February 6th. The shares were bought at an average price of $73.30 per share, with a total value of $99,174.90. Following the purchase, the chief financial officer now owns 7,668 shares in the company, valued at $562,064.40. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have bought 6,573 shares of company stock valued at $499,343. 7.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

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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