Analysts forecast that Stantec Inc. (NYSE:STN) (TSE:STN) will announce earnings per share of $0.36 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Four analysts have issued estimates for Stantec’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $0.29 and the highest estimate coming in at $0.43. Stantec posted earnings per share of $0.26 in the same quarter last year, which would indicate a positive year over year growth rate of 38.5%. The firm is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Stantec will report full-year earnings of $1.51 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.45 to $1.56. For the next financial year, analysts expect that the company will report earnings of $1.75 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $1.48 to $1.98. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are a mean average based on a survey of analysts that follow Stantec.

STN has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Stantec from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Royal Bank of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Stantec in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. They set a “sector perform” rating and a $40.00 target price for the company. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. Stantec has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.00.

Shares of Stantec (STN) traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $27.55. 2,658 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 19,042. Stantec has a fifty-two week low of $22.25 and a fifty-two week high of $28.90. The company has a market capitalization of $3,144.89, a P/E ratio of 35.78 and a beta of 1.57. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.33, a current ratio of 1.45 and a quick ratio of 1.45.

Stantec announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Thursday, November 9th that authorizes the company to repurchase 2,280,000 shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the business services provider to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are typically an indication that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, January 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, December 29th will be paid a $0.098 dividend. This represents a $0.39 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.42%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, December 28th. Stantec’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 51.95%.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Trexquant Investment LP bought a new stake in Stantec in the third quarter valued at $272,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd bought a new stake in Stantec in the third quarter valued at $313,000. OxFORD Asset Management LLP bought a new stake in Stantec in the third quarter valued at $364,000. Highstreet Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in Stantec in the third quarter valued at $442,000. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group increased its stake in Stantec by 228.0% in the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 16,400 shares of the business services provider’s stock valued at $568,000 after purchasing an additional 11,400 shares in the last quarter. 54.37% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Stantec Company Profile

Stantec Inc is a provider of professional services in the area of infrastructure and facilities for clients in the public and private sectors. The Company’s operates through four segments Consulting Services-Canada, Consulting Services-United States, Consulting Services-Global and Construction Services.

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