Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) is expected to report earnings of $0.77 per share

Wall Street brokers expect Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) to post earnings of $0.77 per share for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Eight analysts provided Church & Dwight earnings estimates, with estimates ranging from $0.75 to $0.85. Church & Dwight reported earnings of $0.83 per share in the same quarter last year, indicating a negative 7.2% year-over-year growth rate. The company is due to release its next results on Thursday, May 5.

According to Zacks, analysts expect Church & Dwight to report annual earnings of $3.20 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.15 to $3.23. For the next fiscal year, analysts expect the company to post earnings of $3.46 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $3.35 to $3.59. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of research analysts who provide coverage for Church & Dwight.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last reported quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 28. The company reported earnings per share of $0.64 for the quarter, beating Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.04. The company posted revenue of $1.37 billion for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $1.35 billion. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 15.94% and a return on equity of 22.72%. The company’s revenue increased 5.7% year over year. During the same period of the previous year, the company posted EPS of $0.53.

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Several brokerages have recently weighed in on CHD. Stifel Nicolaus raised his price target on Church & Dwight shares from $92.00 to $99.00 and gave the stock a “holding” rating in a Monday, January 31 report. Credit Suisse Group downgraded shares of Church & Dwight from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a price target of $105.00 for the stock. in a report on Wednesday, January 26. Wells Fargo & Company raised its price target on Church & Dwight shares from $89.00 to $94.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a Tuesday, Nov. 30, report. Oppenheimer raised its price target on Church & Dwight shares from $100.00 to $110.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a Monday, Dec. 20 report. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “sell” rating on Church & Dwight shares in a Tuesday, Nov. 30, report. Three analysts rated the stock with a sell rating, six gave the stock a hold rating and three gave the stock a buy rating. According to MarketBeat.com, the company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $99.10.

Shares of CHD Action traded at $0.81 during Friday trading hours, reaching $97.90. 4,228,173 shares of the company were traded, against an average volume of 2,182,854. The company has a market capitalization of $23.90 billion, a PE ratio of 29.58, a PEG ratio of 3.94 and a beta of 0.44. Church & Dwight has a 1-year low of $77.62 and a 1-year high of $104.84. The company has a quick ratio of 0.34, a current ratio of 0.59 and a debt ratio of 0.50. The company has a fifty-day moving average of $100.55 and a 200-day moving average of $90.99.

Church & Dwight announced that its board of directors launched a stock repurchase plan on Friday, October 29 that sees the company repurchase $1.00 billion in stock. This repurchase authorization allows the company to repurchase up to 4.6% of its shares through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are usually a sign that a company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 1. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, February 15 will receive a dividend of $0.2625. This is an increase from Church & Dwight’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.25. The ex-date of this dividend is Monday, February 14. This represents an annualized dividend of $1.05 and a yield of 1.07%. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 30.51%.

In other news, Vice Chairman Richard A. Dierker sold 53,281 shares of the company in a trade that took place on Tuesday, November 30. The shares were sold at an average price of $90.33, for a total transaction of $4,812,872.73. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available at this hyperlink. Additionally, Vice Chairman Rene Hemsey sold 2,275 shares of the company in a trade that took place on Friday, December 17. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.56, for a total transaction of $226,499.00. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 869,968 shares of the company valued at $82,018,976 in the past ninety days. 2.00% of the shares are held by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stake in CHD. EverSource Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the fourth quarter worth $29,000. US Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the third quarter worth $30,000. Evolution Advisers Inc. acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the fourth quarter worth $30,000. Liberty Wealth Management LLC increased its holdings in Church & Dwight by 8,512.1% in the second quarter. Liberty Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,842 shares of the company worth $33,000 after purchasing an additional 2,809 shares during the period. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co. Ltd. acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the fourth quarter worth $35,000. 82.37% of the shares are held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co, Inc engages in the development, manufacture and marketing of household, personal care and specialty products. It operates through the following segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products. The Consumer Domestic segment offers household products, such as laundry detergents, dryer sheets, cat litter and household cleaning products; and personal care products, including antiperspirants, oral care products, depilatories, reproductive health products, oral pain relievers, nasal saline moisturizers and dietary supplements.

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