Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Guess Inc. (NYSE:GES) by 12.8% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 6,175,584 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 698,604 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned about 7.32% of Guess worth $92,941,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of GES. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its position in Guess by 13.8% in the second quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 8,989 shares of the company’s stock worth $135,000 after buying an additional 1,089 shares in the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. increased its position in Guess by 17.6% in the second quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 15,417 shares of the company’s stock worth $232,000 after buying an additional 2,307 shares in the last quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC increased its position in Guess by 10.9% in the second quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 295,833 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,452,000 after buying an additional 29,110 shares in the last quarter. Royce & Associates LP increased its position in Guess by 53.4% in the second quarter. Royce & Associates LP now owns 363,200 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,466,000 after buying an additional 126,400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC increased its position in Guess by 30.0% in the second quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 334,757 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,038,000 after buying an additional 77,313 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.63% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Guess Inc. (NYSE:GES) traded up 1.16% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $14.88. 205,849 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $1.26 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.74 and a beta of 0.85. Guess Inc. has a 52-week low of $13.78 and a 52-week high of $23.45. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $15.45 and a 200 day moving average price of $16.48.

Guess (NYSE:GES) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 24th. The company reported $0.14 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.07 by $0.07. Guess had a return on equity of 5.16% and a net margin of 3.10%. The firm had revenue of $545 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $551.53 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.21 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down .2% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Guess Inc. will post $0.65 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 23rd. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, September 7th will be issued a dividend of $0.225 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, September 2nd. This represents a $0.90 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.12%. Guess’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 112.50%.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on GES shares. Telsey Advisory Group dropped their price objective on shares of Guess from $21.00 to $19.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Topeka Capital Markets dropped their price objective on shares of Guess from $19.00 to $16.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Mizuho dropped their price objective on shares of Guess from $19.00 to $17.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research note on Thursday, May 26th. Piper Jaffray Cos. reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $15.00 price target on shares of Guess in a research note on Thursday, June 23rd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Guess from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 8th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $18.44.

In other news, Director Anthony Chidoni sold 4,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.54, for a total value of $62,160.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 157,744 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,451,341.76. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 28.80% of the stock is owned by insiders.

About Guess

Guess?, Inc designs, markets, distributes and licenses a lifestyle collection of apparel and accessories for men, women and children. The Company operates through five segments: Americas Retail, which includes its retail and e-commerce operations in North and Central America and its retail operations in South America; Europe, which includes its wholesale, retail and e-commerce operations in Europe and the Middle East; Asia, which includes its retail, e-commerce and wholesale operations in Asia; Americas Wholesale, which includes its wholesale operations in the Americas, and Licensing, which includes licensing operations of the Company across the world.

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