Compass Group plc (LON:CPG) has been given an average rating of “Buy” by the fourteen research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and eight have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is GBX 1,760 ($23.00).
A number of brokerages have weighed in on CPG. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Compass Group in a research note on Monday, April 8th. Jefferies Financial Group lowered Compass Group to a “hold” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from GBX 1,730 ($22.61) to GBX 1,670 ($21.82) in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. HSBC raised their price objective on Compass Group from GBX 1,850 ($24.17) to GBX 1,950 ($25.48) and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 29th. Barclays restated an “overweight” rating on shares of Compass Group in a research note on Friday, February 8th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group lowered Compass Group to a “sell” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from GBX 1,715 ($22.41) to GBX 1,650 ($21.56) in a research note on Thursday, March 21st.
Shares of LON CPG opened at GBX 1,778.50 ($23.24) on Thursday. Compass Group has a fifty-two week low of GBX 1,467.50 ($19.18) and a fifty-two week high of GBX 1,830.50 ($23.92). The company has a quick ratio of 0.68, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 169.28. The company has a market cap of $28.21 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.05.
The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 29th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, June 20th will be issued a dividend of GBX 13.10 ($0.17) per share. This represents a yield of 0.74%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, June 20th. Compass Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 0.54%.
About Compass Group
Compass Group PLC, through its subsidiaries, operates as a food and support services company in North America, Europe, and internationally. It serves business and industry; healthcare and senior living market; education; sports and leisure; and defense, offshore, and remote sectors. The company also offers support services, such as cleaning in hospitals; reception services at corporate headquarters; managing remote camps; grounds and facilities services at schools and universities; and others.
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