Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (NASDAQ:BOBE) was downgraded by investment analysts at Berenberg Bank from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday. They currently have a $77.00 price target on the restaurant operator’s stock. Berenberg Bank’s price objective suggests a potential downside of 0.53% from the company’s current price.

A number of other analysts also recently weighed in on BOBE. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued a “market perform” rating and set a $77.00 target price on shares of Bob Evans Farms in a research report on Monday, June 5th. CIBC reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and set a $77.00 price objective on shares of Bob Evans Farms in a research report on Monday, June 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Bob Evans Farms from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 9th. Maxim Group raised their price objective on shares of Bob Evans Farms from $74.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 13th. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Bob Evans Farms from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Bob Evans Farms currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $74.77.

Shares of Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) traded up 0.03% on Wednesday, reaching $77.43. 332,358 shares of the company were exchanged. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $67.41 and its 200 day moving average price is $67.17. Bob Evans Farms has a 12 month low of $36.88 and a 12 month high of $78.18. The company has a market cap of $1.54 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.57 and a beta of 0.55.

Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ:BOBE) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, August 30th. The restaurant operator reported $0.37 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.37. The business had revenue of $109.30 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $102.29 million. Bob Evans Farms had a net margin of 19.49% and a return on equity of 19.52%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 27.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.48 EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Bob Evans Farms will post $2.19 EPS for the current year.

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In related news, SVP Thomas Alan Ashworth sold 7,100 shares of Bob Evans Farms stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.70, for a total value of $501,970.00. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 4,367 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $308,746.90. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 1.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of BOBE. BlackRock Inc. grew its position in Bob Evans Farms by 7,979.3% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,951,515 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $191,465,000 after purchasing an additional 2,914,983 shares during the period. Victory Capital Management Inc. grew its position in Bob Evans Farms by 4,068.0% in the 1st quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 505,407 shares of the restaurant operator’s stock valued at $32,786,000 after purchasing an additional 493,281 shares during the period. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL acquired a new stake in Bob Evans Farms in the 1st quarter valued at $22,705,000. Balyasny Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Bob Evans Farms in the 2nd quarter valued at $19,139,000. Finally, Blair William & Co. IL acquired a new stake in Bob Evans Farms in the 2nd quarter valued at $15,751,000. 76.85% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Bob Evans Farms Company Profile

Bob Evans Farms, Inc (Bob Evans) is a producer and distributor of refrigerated potato, pasta and vegetable-based side dishes, pork sausage, and a variety of refrigerated and frozen food items under the Bob Evans and Owens or Country Creek brand names. The Company’s food products are distributed to customers throughout the United States.

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