Energizer Holdings Inc (NYSE:ENR) was the target of unusually large options trading on Monday. Traders bought 1,142 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of approximately 1,976% compared to the typical daily volume of 55 put options.
In other news, VP Emily K. Boss sold 7,500 shares of Energizer stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.00, for a total transaction of $420,000.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 9,708 shares in the company, valued at approximately $543,648. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.79% of the stock is owned by insiders.
A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of ENR. Ford Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Energizer in the 4th quarter valued at about $114,000. Captrust Financial Advisors purchased a new stake in Energizer in the 4th quarter valued at about $118,000. Zions Bancorporation purchased a new stake in Energizer in the 3rd quarter valued at about $120,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in Energizer by 51.0% in the 4th quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 3,643 shares of the company’s stock valued at $175,000 after buying an additional 1,231 shares during the period. Finally, Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new position in Energizer in the 4th quarter valued at about $215,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 97.23% of the company’s stock.
Energizer (NYSE:ENR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.55 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.43 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $573.30 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $566.50 million. Energizer had a net margin of 9.40% and a return on equity of 274.69%. Energizer’s revenue was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $1.51 EPS. equities analysts predict that Energizer will post 3.39 earnings per share for the current year.
The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 13th. Investors of record on Tuesday, February 20th will be issued a $0.29 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, February 16th. This represents a $1.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.15%. Energizer’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 43.28%.
ENR has been the topic of several analyst reports. Off Wall Street initiated coverage on Energizer in a report on Monday, October 30th. They set a “sell” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered Energizer from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Deutsche Bank upgraded Energizer from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and reduced their price target for the stock from $50.00 to $49.00 in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Morgan Stanley reduced their price target on Energizer from $53.00 to $50.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Citigroup reduced their price target on Energizer from $54.00 to $52.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Friday, November 10th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $59.22.
Energizer Holdings, Inc is a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of household batteries, specialty batteries and lighting products. The Company is a designer and marketer of automotive fragrance and appearance products. It operates through four geographic segments: North America, which consists of the United States and Canada; Latin America, which includes its markets in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and Asia Pacific, which consists of its markets in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
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