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Central Garden & Pet Co Class A (CENTA) Stake Lowered by Epoch Investment Partners Inc.

Epoch Investment Partners Inc. trimmed its position in shares of Central Garden & Pet Co Class A (NASDAQ:CENTA) by 2.5% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 583,390 shares of the company’s stock after selling 14,664 shares during the period. Epoch Investment Partners Inc. owned 1.12% of Central Garden & Pet Co Class A worth $23,610,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

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Several other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings in Central Garden & Pet Co Class A by 7.5% in the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,948,232 shares of the company’s stock valued at $200,254,000 after acquiring an additional 346,209 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its holdings in Central Garden & Pet Co Class A by 3.7% in the 2nd quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,350,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $54,651,000 after acquiring an additional 47,600 shares during the last quarter. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in Central Garden & Pet Co Class A by 0.9% in the 2nd quarter. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. now owns 1,026,400 shares of the company’s stock valued at $41,538,000 after acquiring an additional 9,012 shares during the last quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings in Central Garden & Pet Co Class A by 8.8% in the 2nd quarter. Fuller & Thaler Asset Management Inc. now owns 671,240 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,165,000 after acquiring an additional 54,396 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State of Wisconsin Investment Board increased its holdings in Central Garden & Pet Co Class A by 25.8% in the 2nd quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board now owns 574,405 shares of the company’s stock valued at $23,246,000 after acquiring an additional 117,778 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 63.51% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NASDAQ CENTA opened at $36.90 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a quick ratio of 2.57 and a current ratio of 4.42. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.93 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.22 and a beta of 0.09. Central Garden & Pet Co Class A has a 52-week low of $32.57 and a 52-week high of $41.97.

Central Garden & Pet Co Class A (NASDAQ:CENTA) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 1st. The company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.79. Central Garden & Pet Co Class A had a net margin of 5.32% and a return on equity of 14.69%. The business had revenue of $657.94 million during the quarter.

Separately, BMO Capital Markets began coverage on shares of Central Garden & Pet Co Class A in a report on Monday, August 13th. They issued an “outperform” rating on the stock.

Central Garden & Pet Co Class A Company Profile

Central Garden & Pet Company, together with its subsidiaries, produces and distributes products for the lawn and garden, and pet supplies markets in the United States. It operates through two segments, Pet and Garden. The Pet segment supplies products for dogs and cats comprising edible bones, edible and non-edible chews, rawhide, dog and cat food and treats, toys, pet carriers, grooming supplies, and other accessories; and food, cages and habitats, toys, chews, and related accessories for birds, small animals, and specialty pets.

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