Edgewell Personal Care Co (NYSE:EPC) Director Daniel J. Heinrich purchased 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 12th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $50.59 per share, with a total value of $50,590.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the director now owns 4,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $229,172.70. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Shares of Edgewell Personal Care Co (NYSE EPC) opened at $50.16 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $2,752.80, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.48, a PEG ratio of 2.88 and a beta of 0.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01, a quick ratio of 1.87 and a current ratio of 2.65. Edgewell Personal Care Co has a one year low of $46.83 and a one year high of $82.06.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 8th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.57 by ($0.37). The company had revenue of $468.30 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $470.63 million. Edgewell Personal Care had a positive return on equity of 11.24% and a negative net margin of 0.92%. The business’s revenue was down 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $0.66 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Edgewell Personal Care Co will post 3.85 earnings per share for the current year.

Edgewell Personal Care announced that its board has initiated a share buyback plan on Thursday, February 8th that allows the company to repurchase 10,000,000 shares. This repurchase authorization allows the company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are usually a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on EPC. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $78.00 price target on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Wells Fargo & Co began coverage on Edgewell Personal Care in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. They set a “market perform” rating for the company. Bank of America lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Zacks Investment Research raised Edgewell Personal Care from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Barclays lowered Edgewell Personal Care from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating and set a $55.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $68.67.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,419,855 shares of the company’s stock valued at $500,055,000 after purchasing an additional 23,842 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 13.7% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 3,476,454 shares of the company’s stock valued at $252,077,000 after purchasing an additional 419,403 shares in the last quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 0.3% in the third quarter. Gamco Investors INC. ET AL now owns 2,084,655 shares of the company’s stock valued at $151,700,000 after purchasing an additional 7,050 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 27.4% in the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 897,173 shares of the company’s stock valued at $53,284,000 after purchasing an additional 193,148 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schroder Investment Management Group lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 531.2% in the fourth quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 884,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,519,000 after purchasing an additional 744,200 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 93.07% of the company’s stock.

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Edgewell Personal Care Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.

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