FY2018 EPS Estimates for Allergan plc (AGN) Lifted by Cantor Fitzgerald

Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) – Equities research analysts at Cantor Fitzgerald boosted their FY2018 earnings estimates for Allergan in a note issued to investors on Wednesday. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst L. Chen now anticipates that the company will post earnings of $15.90 per share for the year, up from their prior forecast of $15.00. Cantor Fitzgerald has a “Hold” rating and a $191.00 price target on the stock.

Allergan (NYSE:AGN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 6th. The company reported $4.86 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.74 by $0.12. Allergan had a negative net margin of 26.32% and a positive return on equity of 8.28%. The business had revenue of $4.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.28 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $3.90 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 12.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on AGN. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $227.00 price objective on shares of Allergan and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $276.00 price objective on shares of Allergan and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, October 13th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $275.00 price objective on shares of Allergan in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Credit Suisse Group set a $243.00 price objective on shares of Allergan and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, UBS Group set a $255.00 price objective on shares of Allergan and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $227.23.

Allergan (NYSE AGN) opened at $162.77 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a quick ratio of 1.08 and a current ratio of 2.04. Allergan has a one year low of $157.70 and a one year high of $256.80. The stock has a market cap of $54,610.00, a P/E ratio of -13.58, a PEG ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 1.19.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, March 28th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a $0.72 dividend. This represents a $2.88 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.77%. This is an increase from Allergan’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.70. Allergan’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -23.35%.

In other news, Chairman Brent L. Saunders bought 4,600 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $164.74 per share, for a total transaction of $757,804.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider William Meury sold 11,807 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.89, for a total transaction of $2,053,119.23. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders acquired 17,630 shares of company stock valued at $2,890,057. 0.36% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of AGN. Edgewood Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Allergan by 24.3% during the third quarter. Edgewood Management LLC now owns 4,445,924 shares of the company’s stock worth $911,192,000 after buying an additional 869,248 shares during the period. Baupost Group LLC MA lifted its stake in shares of Allergan by 21.9% during the third quarter. Baupost Group LLC MA now owns 2,964,203 shares of the company’s stock worth $607,513,000 after buying an additional 531,600 shares during the period. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. lifted its stake in shares of Allergan by 4,852.6% during the third quarter. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. now owns 503,088 shares of the company’s stock worth $103,108,000 after buying an additional 492,930 shares during the period. Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Allergan during the third quarter worth $92,182,000. Finally, Polaris Capital Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Allergan by 315.4% during the fourth quarter. Polaris Capital Management LLC now owns 500,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $37,195,000 after buying an additional 379,781 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.23% of the company’s stock.

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Allergan Company Profile

Allergan, Inc is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets.

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