Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) Short Interest Update

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) saw a large increase in short interest in the month of April. As of April 30th, there was short interest totalling 3,639,775 shares, an increase of 63.0% from the April 13th total of 2,233,530 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,503,040 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 1.5 days.

BUD has been the subject of several research reports. JPMorgan Chase lowered their price objective on shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from $106.68 to $98.72 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, February 16th. UBS raised shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Susquehanna Bancshares raised shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “neutral” rating to a “positive” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $125.00 to $131.00 in a research report on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, Societe Generale raised shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, March 2nd. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Anheuser-Busch InBev has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $122.79.

NYSE:BUD opened at $94.42 on Friday. Anheuser-Busch InBev has a one year low of $93.63 and a one year high of $94.07. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.36, a current ratio of 0.66 and a quick ratio of 0.55. The stock has a market capitalization of $158.47 billion, a PE ratio of 23.37, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 1.01.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th. The consumer goods maker reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.79 by ($0.06). Anheuser-Busch InBev had a net margin of 13.45% and a return on equity of 19.43%. The business had revenue of $13.07 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.94 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.74 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts forecast that Anheuser-Busch InBev will post 4.72 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 30th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, May 2nd will be issued a $2.4784 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 1st. This represents a dividend yield of 4.72%. This is a positive change from Anheuser-Busch InBev’s previous semiannual dividend of $1.85. Anheuser-Busch InBev’s payout ratio is currently 95.54%.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Institutional & Family Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev in the 1st quarter valued at about $102,000. Omnia Family Wealth LLC raised its holdings in shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev by 130.1% in the 1st quarter. Omnia Family Wealth LLC now owns 1,238 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock valued at $136,000 after purchasing an additional 700 shares in the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA raised its holdings in shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev by 138.5% in the 4th quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 1,240 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock valued at $138,000 after purchasing an additional 720 shares in the last quarter. Delpha Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev in the 4th quarter valued at about $149,000. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its holdings in shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev by 58.5% in the 4th quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 1,694 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock valued at $189,000 after purchasing an additional 625 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 5.94% of the company’s stock.

About Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, a brewing company, engages in the production, distribution, and sale of beer, alcoholic beverages, and soft drinks worldwide. It offers a portfolio of approximately 500 beer brands, including Budweiser, Corona, and Stella Artois; Beck's, Castle, Castle Lite, Hoegaarden, and Leffe; and Aguila, Antarctica, Bud Light, Brahma, Cass, Chernigivske, Cristal, Harbin, Jupiler, Klinskoye, Michelob Ultra, Modelo Especial, Quilmes, Victoria, Sedrin, Sibirskaya Korona, and Skol.

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