Wall Street analysts expect Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST) to announce $1.42 billion in sales for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three analysts have issued estimates for Post’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $1.44 billion and the lowest estimate coming in at $1.40 billion. Post reported sales of $1.25 billion in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 13.6%. The company is scheduled to issue its next earnings results on Thursday, February 1st.

On average, analysts expect that Post will report full-year sales of $1.42 billion for the current financial year, with estimates ranging from $5.96 billion to $6.18 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the company will post sales of $6.14 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $6.04 billion to $6.25 billion. Zacks’ sales averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Post.

Post (NYSE:POST) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.93 by ($0.05). Post had a return on equity of 7.31% and a net margin of 0.92%. The company had revenue of $1.45 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.43 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.61 earnings per share. Post’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.9% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on POST. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 28th. BMO Capital Markets upgraded shares of Post from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $106.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, September 20th. Pivotal Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Post in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Post from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co increased their price objective on shares of Post from $96.00 to $106.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Post has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $103.25.

In other Post news, Director David W. Kemper acquired 2,500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $79.86 per share, for a total transaction of $199,650.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,700 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $535,062. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of POST. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its stake in Post by 9.5% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,194 shares of the company’s stock valued at $170,000 after purchasing an additional 190 shares in the last quarter. Affinity Wealth Management bought a new stake in Post in the third quarter valued at approximately $205,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC bought a new stake in Post in the second quarter valued at approximately $208,000. South State Corp bought a new stake in Post in the third quarter valued at approximately $208,000. Finally, Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new stake in Post in the second quarter valued at approximately $210,000.

Post (NYSE POST) opened at $80.60 on Friday. Post has a 12-month low of $75.76 and a 12-month high of $89.04. The stock has a market cap of $5,432.92, a P/E ratio of 30.61, a PEG ratio of 2.21 and a beta of 0.09. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.56, a quick ratio of 2.90 and a current ratio of 3.71.

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Post Company Profile

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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