Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) Downgraded to Sell at Zacks Investment Research
According to Zacks, “Edgewell Personal Care Co. manufactures and markets personal care products. The company’s brand consists of Schick(R) and Wilkinson Sword(R) men’s and women’s shaving systems and disposable razors; Edge(R) and Skintimate(R) shave preparations; Playtex(R), Stayfree(R), Carefree(R) and o.b. (R) feminine care products; Banana Boat(R) and Hawaiian Tropic(R) sun care products; Playtex(R) infant feeding, Diaper Genie(R) and gloves; Wet Ones(R) moist wipes. Edgewell Personal Care Co., formerly known as Energizer Holdings, is based in St Louis, United States. “
A number of other research firms have also weighed in on EPC. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on Edgewell Personal Care from $32.00 to $39.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 12th. Cfra upped their price objective on Edgewell Personal Care from $33.00 to $41.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research report on Monday, February 10th. Barclays reaffirmed a sell rating and set a $33.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Wednesday, February 12th. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Tuesday, February 11th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a buy rating and set a $45.00 price objective on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Wednesday, February 19th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Edgewell Personal Care presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $38.33.
Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 10th. The company reported $0.55 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.28 by $0.27. The business had revenue of $454.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $445.95 million. Edgewell Personal Care had a positive return on equity of 13.72% and a negative net margin of 15.44%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.37 EPS. Analysts expect that Edgewell Personal Care will post 3.07 EPS for the current year.
Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Quadrant Capital Group LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 115.7% during the 3rd quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 1,769 shares of the company’s stock valued at $55,000 after buying an additional 949 shares during the last quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC grew its holdings in Edgewell Personal Care by 29,862.5% in the 4th quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 2,397 shares of the company’s stock valued at $74,000 after buying an additional 2,389 shares during the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in Edgewell Personal Care during the fourth quarter worth $92,000. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 33.3% during the 4th quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $99,000 after purchasing an additional 800 shares during the period. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its position in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 16.6% in the 3rd quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,417 shares of the company’s stock worth $111,000 after acquiring an additional 487 shares during the period. 93.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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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